Federal Appeal Court Rules Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional


DENVER — A federal appeals court Friday struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law for everyone.

The ban was challenged in 2004 in lawsuits by two Tulsa-area lesbian couples, the day after Oklahoma voters approved adding it as an amendment to the state constitution. The ban passed by a 76 percent landslide.

The federal appeals court had ruled last month that a similar ban on same-sex marriages in Utah is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to have the final say on the dispute.

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