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U.S. appeals court rules Okla. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Oklahoma
DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruling Friday that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional spurred celebration among gay rights activists but sparked sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that prides itself on being the buckle of the nation's Bible Belt. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Christian university expels student for marrying her same-sex partner

| Sunday, July 13, 2014
Christian Minard
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma college student just one semester away from completing her degree has been expelled by a Christian university for marrying her same-sex partner. Christian Minard says she received a letter from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., notifying her of her expulsion after marrying her partner...

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Transgender woman advances in Oklahoma House race

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paula Sophia
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A transgender candidate who is a former Oklahoma City police officer has advanced to a runoff for a state House seat. Democrat Paula Sophia will face businessman and former pastor Jason Dunnington in the Aug. 26 runoff. The winner will take a seat at the Legislature as there is no Republican in the race.

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Group of attorneys from across Okla. support same-sex marriage

| Monday, June 23, 2014
Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A group of about 85 attorneys from across Oklahoma are joining a coalition in support of same-sex marriage in the state and the country. The group Oklahoma Lawyers for Marriage is launching its website on Monday and supports the idea that all marriages should be legally recognized.

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Okla. House candidate supports stoning gays because ‘it came directly from God’

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Scott Esk
MOORE, Okla. -- A Tea Party candidate running for Oklahoma's state House who wants to apply biblical principles to Oklahoma law is under fire for advocating that gays should be stoned to death because 'it came directly from God." Esk posted old testament scriptures from Romans and Leviticus that referred to homosexuality being punished.

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Oklahoma City YMCA opens family membership to same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
YMCA
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma City chapter of the YMCA has announced a policy shift to allow same-sex couples to sign up for family membership. The YMCA said the policy change was not in response to any particular incident, but rather representative of the “changing landscape of households in Oklahoma.”

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Okla. television campaign aims to build public support for marriage equality

| Monday, May 5, 2014
Oklahoma-marriage-ad
Freedom to Marry and Freedom Oklahoma have launched a new 30-second television ad that will run across the state of Oklahoma over the next week as part of its public education campaign to build support for marriage equality.

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AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing >

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Judge has sharp questions for attorneys at Okla. same-sex marriage hearing

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Judge Jerome A. Holmes
DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

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Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom.

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