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The end of June was a busy few days for both the state and federal judiciary. As the U.S. Supreme Court wound down its term, opinions in some of the widest-reaching cases came in the final few days.

But a lot of the reasons behind all of this began years ago.

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While supporters say House Bill 1125 would eliminate state-issued marriage licenses, public oversight of those marriages would continue, even if the licenses are no longer issued.

Currently, state law requires religious officials and others who officiate at marriage ceremonies to register with county officials before a marriage certificate can be considered valid.

In this profile from Saturday's edition of The Washington Post, the range of reactions to one Norman couple's plans to wed after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings overturning Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage.

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage this term.

The justices said today they will review an appellate court's decision to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. The four states are among 14 that ban same-sex marriage.

State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) during Tuesday night's U.S. Senate canddiate debate.
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The two nominees for Oklahoma’s open U.S. Senate seat squared off Tuesday night in a debate at Oklahoma State University ahead of the November 4 elections. Republian nominee and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) and his Democratic challenger state Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) are seeking to complete the final two years of retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term in office.

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Same-sex couples in Oklahoma may now use a marriage certificate issued either in Oklahoma or another state to change a name on an Oklahoma-issued driver license or identification card.

Wednesday's announcement by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety came after some same-sex couples encountered mixed responses when they went to get driver's licenses this week with their married names.

Capt. George Brown tells the Tulsa World the agency issued guidance to driver's license service employees and to 274 independently-operated tag agencies.

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Students from families in traditional marriages are more likely to excel academically and those from other settings are less likely to do so, the House Human Services Committee was told Tuesday.

But the committee also was told that poverty, more so than marriage, would an indicator of individual success, including within marriages.

The Supreme Court's new term will not include any cases that might decide the issue of same-sex marriage in the U.S., a development that comes after many lower and appeals courts have ruled against states' bans on gay marriage. Advocates on both sides of the issue have been calling for the high court to review the issue and make an official ruling.

The court's refusal of all the petitions related to bans on gay marriage means that the appeals courts' decisions allowing gay marriage can now take effect. They had been on hold pending a potential review by the Supreme Court.

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A federal appeals court has lifted its stay in gay marriage cases in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for same-sex nuptials to begin in both states.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the stays Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the matter. The high court's decision effectively means gay marriage is legal in 30 states.

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Oklahoma and 16 other states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. Constitution includes a right to same-sex marriage.

The states are asking the nation's highest court to take up challenges to gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah. The states say there are 89 ongoing legal cases throughout the nation challenging traditional marriage laws. Another four have been recently decided.

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A sign supporting gay marriage in California on the first day same-gender couples could legally marry there.
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An Oklahoma County special judge granted a divorce to a same-sex couple in August—then vacated that order a day later, court records show.

The case underscores continuing confusion in the state regarding same-sex marriages.

In July, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, and Deanne R. Baker filed for the divorce within two weeks of that ruling from her spouse, Julie L. Baker. The women were married to each other in Iowa two years ago

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Lawyers for a same-sex Tulsa couple seeking the right to marry in Oklahoma have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to take up their case.

The couple, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, sued Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith for failing to issue them a marriage license shortly after voters in Oklahoma approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

The appeal was filed Wednesday by an organization representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith, who was sued after refusing to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple several years ago.

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The attorneys for two lesbian couples who challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage have requested that Tulsa County cover their legal fees.

The Tulsa World reports the attorneys asked Friday that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals compensate them for their work on the case. They said the request stems from a law that allows plaintiffs in civil rights cases who are successful in court to recover reasonable attorney fees.

The defending attorneys who represent the Tulsa County Court Clerk have until Aug. 18 to respond to the request.

3:30 p.m. ET update: Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia has denied the motion by Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones to lift the stay on the ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. This means, for now, that Monroe County will not issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The case now heads to an appellate court.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Fallin said the amendment was approved by 76 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004.

"I was one of the many voters who cast my ballot in favor of traditional marriage," she said. 

A U.S. appeals court in Denver has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Friday, saying Oklahoma's voter-approved ban violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored the same court's June 25 ruling in a similar case involving Utah.

This post updated at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Utah and Indiana are the latest states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal court, following rulings in both states Wednesday that found the prohibition unconstitutional.

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Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court with a rare opportunity.

Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah's gay-marriage ban, and will take up the Oklahoma case Thursday.

That gave the Oklahoma legal teams on both sides a chance to fine-tune their arguments based on what they heard last week.

Attorneys defending the ban say they were encouraged by the judges' tough questions.

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Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say marriage exists for its procreative potential and that the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

The argument came in a brief filed Tuesday by lawyers for Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith. Oral arguments are scheduled for later this month in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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