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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Another ban bites the dust

Tulsa World: 

Oklahoma ban on gay marriage ruled

From Staff and Wire reports | Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:09 pm

U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

The ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in Oklahoma.

In striking down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern described it as "an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit."

Judge Kern was appointed by President Clinton in 1994. The full text of the court's opinion is here.

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