Federal judge strikes Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban; ruling on hold pending appeal

  • Article by: JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 14, 2014 - 9:55 PM

TULSA, Okla. — A federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Tuesday, but headed off any rush to the altar by setting aside his order while state and local officials complete an appeal.

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windigolakeJan. 14, 14 5:32 PM

How fast the trees are falling in the woods and everybody can hear them! Time for the religious fanatics to realize that most citizens prefer freedom of choice in marriage and medical decisions and they do not want religious propaganda as the basis for human or legal rights in America. Neither did the Founders.

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avejoeconJan. 14, 14 7:49 PM

How fast the trees are falling in the woods and everybody can hear them! Time for the religious fanatics to realize that most citizens prefer freedom of choice in marriage and medical decisions and they do not want religious propaganda as the basis for human or legal rights in America. Neither did the Founders. -----------Who said anything about religion.

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swmnguyJan. 14, 14 9:01 PM

The problem with bans on same-sex marriage is the Constitution, and beyond that, the past 1000 years of Western law. You can't define a group for the purpose of denying them a right allowed to everyone else. That goes back to the Magna Carta and before. Once the State (Government in general) instituted civil marriage, there's no justification for denying it to any two adults. Our society and culture had to change enough so that gay people didn't fear for their lives, and now they're willing to identify themselves and seek remedies from the courts. Once a case is in the courts, it will win because the law is completely on the side of same-sex marriage, whether or not anybody had thought much about it until recently. The "Will of the Voters" argument is nonsense because we have the Constitution. The will of the voters can't over-ride the fundamental foundation of our society. Sorry. The Constitution isn't just about guns.

The good news is, the net effect on society will be nothing but positive. If we see civil marriage as something that's worth encouraging, then allowing more civil marriages will only be good. If people want to put more value on religious marriage ceremonies than civil marriage, that's up to them. My oldest friend is an incredibly conservative Catholic, and he has told me he can't consider me and my wife to be "really" married because we aren't Catholic, we lived together before marriage, we didn't get married in a church, etc. etc. Fine. I'm still married and he had an annulment. I have the social grace not to mention such things among people I care about. If his religion forces him to mention it to me, I have to wonder about the rules he submits himself to. But, due also to the Constitution, he has the right to feel that way and I have the right not to care.

Our kids are way ahead of us on this one. They already can't figure out what the fuss is all about; even the Evangelical kids. In a generation nobody will remember why anyone every opposed same-sex marriage, and we oldsters will pretend we can't remember either.

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MichJoe500Jan. 14, 14 9:04 PM

What I understand from the judge's comments is that marriage is about people who love each other being granted federal benefits.

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okaybruceerJan. 14, 14 9:23 PM

Oh, more state recognition of friendships. How quaint! Too bad they are not real marriages.

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goferfanzJan. 14, 14 9:26 PM

No, are we becoming a police state, where people's individual rights have no meaning or relevance. Again, our judiciary is the most political of the three branches...proven time and again!

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DO1023Jan. 14, 14 9:33 PM

I don't have any problem with the decision. It just means that heaven will be less crowded.

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GjbrayJan. 14, 14 9:45 PM

And down goes the US, thanks to Federal judges who over rule the vote of the people. Political correctness is destroying the country and the majority are afraid to speak up. Time to secede for the sake of common sense. Obama is getting his wish to remake the US, by destroying it and creating a third world country.

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minn12Jan. 14, 1411:35 PM

You can tell this is just another radical 'Clinton judge' when he gratuitously throws in stuff about 'divorce' in his ruling. Hardly relevant, yet it shows his bias. And by the way, there is NO 'right' to get married in the Constitution. And the so-called 'equal protection' argument is bogus. ANY citizen can get married. It's just that in some states, it has to be with someone of the opposite sex. This is just one more example of judicial tyranny over the will of the voters. These radical, unelected judges will simply find any excuse and/or some newly found, hidden 'right' in the Constitution (never before seen in over 200 years) in order to justify their rulings. It's a joke.

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mchristiJan. 14, 1411:46 PM

Another victory for fairness, equality, human rights, law, and love, as is good, right, and proper. May there be many more such victories to follow.

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