same-sex marriage

Oklahoma Watch
9:32 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Marriage Bill Would Not Eliminate State Involvement

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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.

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8:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Deeply Conservative Oklahoma Adjusts To Sudden Arrival Of Same-Sex Marriage

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.
The "polite gays," was how Tracy and Kathryn described themselves. Not political or loud, not obvious or overt, but understated, in keeping with their Oklahoma surroundings. Never asking anyone to think too hard or talk too much about the fact that they were gay at all.
The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage This Term

Jayne Rowse (left) speaks as April DeBoer kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., on March 21, 2014. An appellate court upheld Michigan's — and three other states' — bans on gay marriage. The Supreme Court said Friday it will review the appellate court's decision. DeBoer and Rowse are the Michigan couple in the case.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:17 pm

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.

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2014 Elections
8:47 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Stark Contrasts On Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana As Senate Candidates Debate

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.

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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Oklahoma News
5:37 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

State I.D.'s Made Easier To Get For Same-Sex Couples

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety

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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State Capitol
7:36 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Oklahoma House Committee Discusses Benefits Of 'Traditional' Marriage

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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.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases In New Term

The Supreme Court has denied petitions to review same-sex marriage cases in several states, including Utah. In January, supporters of same-sex marriage held a rally at Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Jim Urquhart Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:15 pm

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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Same-Sex Marriage
8:58 am
Mon October 6, 2014

High Court Denies Gay Marriage Appeals In Oklahoma, Four Other States

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Updated 12:45 p.m. CDT

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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Politics and Government
12:44 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Oklahoma Among 17 States In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Oklahoma is one of 17 states asking for a ruling on gay marriage.
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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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Oklahoma News
9:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Day-Only Divorce For Same-Sex Married Couple

Changes in marriage laws have caused confusion in a divorce case in Oklahoma.
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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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