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Same-sex marriage in Oklahoma

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Same-sex marriage in Oklahoma has been legal since October 6, 2014, following the resolution of a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. On that day, following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal in a case that found Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriage.[1][2]

On January 14, 2014, Judge Terence C. Kern, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, declared Question 711, which banned the recognition and performance of same-sex marriage, unconstitutional. The case, Bishop v. United States (formerly Bishop v. Oklahoma), was stayed pending appeal.[3]

On July 18, 2014, a federal appeals court upheld a federal judge's ruling overturning Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. However, the appeals court put its ruling on hold pending an appeal.[4] On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that appeal, leaving the Tenth Circuit Court's ruling in place. The Oklahoma Government responded by implementing the circuit court's ruling, recognizing same-sex marriage in the state.

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  1. Same-sex marriage now legal in Oklahoma
  2. Oklahoma governor sharply condemns gay marriage move as state complies with decision
  3. Federal lawsuit renewed against Oklahoma's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage Accessed December 11, 2010
  4. Murphy, Sean. "US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban", AP News, July 18, 2014. Retrieved on July 18, 2014. 

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