Opponents of Oklahoma’s Same-Sex Marriage Rights Request U.S. Supreme Court Review

Source: CHRIS CASTEEL/NewsOk.com via Tulsa World WASHINGTON — The Tulsa County court clerk asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to review a federal appeals court decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down Oklahoma’s ban last month, removed the right of citizens to debate the issue of same-sex …

Federal Judge: Right to Abortion Just As Important As Right to Guns

Source: Elliot McLaughlin/CNN What if Alabama passed a law that shut down all but two of the state’s guns-and-ammo stores? “The defenders of this law would be called upon to do a heck of a lot of explaining — and rightly so in the face of an effect so severe,” U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote this week in a 172-page …

Experts Believe Supreme Court Will Decide Constitutionality of Gay Marriage Next Year

Source: CASEY SMITH/Tulsa World It’s likely the U.S. Supreme Court will have ruled on the constitutionality of state bans regarding same sex marriage by this time next year, experts say. But it’s less clear whether the Supreme Court will choose a Tulsa case — Bishop vs. Smith — to consider what will be a landmark decision on marriage equality. On …

Oklahoma Supreme Court to Hear Case of Terminated Owasso Police Officer Who Beat Handcuffed Suspect

Source: Rhett Morgan /Tulsa World OWASSO — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a terminated Owasso police officer who was ordered reinstated by the state appellate court. Former police Lt. Mike Denton was fired in 2011 because he violated the department’s use-of-force policy. The state Supreme Court recently granted a request by the city to …