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Gay Marriage Laws in Oklahoma

Relationship Recognition: Constitutional Ban
Out of State Recognition: No
Adoption: Yes

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USA, Oklahoma: Tenth Circuit Hears Marriage Equality Case

Apr 17th, 2014

The 10th Circuit heard its second marriage equality case this month, after hearing Utah's last week. SDGLN reports:

In the second gay-marriage case to hit the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver in the past week, the three-judge panel heard oral arguments in the federal case that challenges Oklahoma's ban on weddings for gay and lesbian couples. The Oklahoma... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Tenth Circuit Hearing on State's Marriage Equality Ban

Apr 17th, 2014

Another state, another hearing today on a marriage equality ban. Edge Boston reports:

Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage and the clerk who refused to grant them a license head to a federal appeals court Thursday with the rare opportunity to build on arguments the judges heard in a similar case just a week earlier... U.S.... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Community Call After Thursday's Marriage Equality Hearing

Apr 14th, 2014

Please mark your calendar now to join Marriage Equality USA and partners for a national COMMUNITY CALL to be held on the evening of Thursday, April 17 to discuss the day's events surrounding the Oklahoma marriage equality case. TIME OF CALL: 6pm PT / 7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET Sign up now to receive... read_more

USA, Oklahoma/Utah: Arguments at the Tenth Circuit This Month

Apr 3rd, 2014

The Tenth Circuit is due to hear two of the more than 50 marriage equality lawsuits that have popped up around the country recently. The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is set to hear oral arguments on April 10 in Denver in the case of Kitchen v. Herbert, the lawsuit that brought marriage... read_more

USA, Oklahoma/Utah: Tenth Circuit Panel Announced for Marriage Equality Cases

Mar 31st, 2014

The judges who will hear the two marriage equality cases about to come before the tenth circuit were announced today. Equality on Trial reports:

The Tenth Circuit has announced the three-judge panel that will hear oral arguments in Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban. The three judges will be Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., an appointee... read_more

USA: Right to Discriminate Bills in Trouble in Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio; Missouri, Montana Introduce New Bills

Feb 25th, 2014

As the Right to Discriminate movement proliferates, more and more states are running into trouble trying to pass them. Joe.My.God reports:

The Georgia House was supposed to hear an Arizona-style hate bill today, but it was put off until tomorrow and now that's been canceled. The House version of the bill might be dead for the current legislative session. Critics... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Marriage Equality Case Expedited At 10th Circuit

Jan 29th, 2014

It looks like the Oklahoma marriage equality case will be heard by the same panel of judges at the 10th Circuit as the Utah case, but not together. Equality on Trial reports:

The court noted that Smith's appeal and the cross-appeal will be considered together and that "the [Oklahoma and Utah] appeals will brief separately and be set for oral... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Jan 15th, 2014

Of course, he immediately stayed his ruling pending appeal. But still... The Washington Blade reports:

U.S. District Judge Terence C. Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma said the state constitutional amendment that says marriage "shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman" violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Mary Bishop and... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Why Has This Lesbian Couple Been Forced to Wait Nine Years for a Court Date?

Dec 15th, 2013

A lesbian couple in Oklahoma sued for marriage equality in 2004. They're still waiting for their day in court. Edge Boston reports:

The national gay marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry says the lawsuit filed by Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin is the longest-running active lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act. Their complaint, initially filed in November 2004, was... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Governor to Deny Benefits to All National Guard Members to Spite Gays

Nov 20th, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin thinks she's found a work-around for GOP bigotry when it comes to same sex National Guard couples. Think Progress reports:

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex. The Supreme... read_more

USA: Rogue States Fight Back Over Pentagon National Guard Orders

Nov 3rd, 2013

It looks like some states are not going to quietly go along with the Secretary of Defense's orders to process benefits for same sex partners of National Guard members. Joe.My.God reports:

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he was ordering all National Guard units to comply with Pentagon policy regarding spousal benefits for gay soldiers. Oklahoma Gov. Mary... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Gay Couple Legally Marries On Tribal Land

Oct 22nd, 2013

The first legal same-sex marriage just occurred in Oklahoma on tribal land. Joe.My.God reports:

In May of this year, two Native American JMG readers married in Michigan at the approval of the Odawa tribe. And now two gay Native Americans have married in Oklahoma with the blessings of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes: For the past five years, Jason... read_more

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At Purple Unions, we take marriage equality seriously. As a gay couple who have been together since 1992, we know that gay and lesbian couples can and do form long-term, stable, supportive relationships, and we believe the institution of marriage and all the responsabilities and benefits that come with it should be opened up to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. To this end, we created Purple Unions as a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Oklahoma currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both a legal and constituional ban on gay marriage, but the state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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