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Relationship Recognition: Constitutional Ban
Out of State Recognition: No
If we know about any local marriage equality events, we'll list them here.
Tulsa: Apr 13, 2014, NoH8 Photo Shoot, Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Details
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.
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.
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.
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
Oklahoma: Fourth State That Won't Process National Guard Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
Sep 18th, 2013
Oklahoma has joined Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana in deciding not to process military benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard.
Gay Star News reports:
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has directed the state's National Guard not to process military benefits for same-sex couples. As reported by Navy Times Alex Weintz, the governor's spokesman, insisted Fallin was following the wishes of... read_more