Bishop v. Oklahoma

Bishop v. Oklahoma (orig. Bishop v. U.S.) is a federal court challenge filed Nov. 3, 2004 (the day after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage), in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs are two same-sex couples, one couple seeking to marry in Oklahoma, and the other couple legally married in Canada in 2005 and again in California in 2008, seeking recognition of their marriage in Oklahoma.

On Jan. 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage ban, describing it as “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.” Kern stayed enforcement of his judgement pending appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

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The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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 > [ Read more → ]
Judge Jerome A. Holmes

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop speak with members of the media before boarding a plane to Denver at Tulsa International Airport, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Oklahomans for Equality gathered at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs, including Baldwin and Bishop, in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Tenth Circuit, Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman? [ Read more → ]
Nine-year-old Lillian Gutierrez, left, joins her mother, Veronica, both of Denver, in waving placards at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Michael Wyke, Tulsa World (AP)Mary Bishop listens as her partner Sharon Baldwin speaks about the status of appeals in the ongoing Oklahoma same sex marriage fight during a news conference at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The two are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state for banning same sex marriage.

Okla. lawyers argue that marriage exists for its ‘procreative potential’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Marriage exists for its procreative potential, not just as recognition of a loving relationship between two people, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk said in a new court filing. [ Read more → ]
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

Gay couples at center of marriage lawsuit to be honored by Oklahoma ACLU

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is honoring two lesbian couples at the center of a potentially landmark gay rights case that challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Michael Wyke, Tulsa World (AP)Mary Bishop listens as her partner Sharon Baldwin speaks about the status of appeals in the ongoing Oklahoma same sex marriage fight during a news conference at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The two are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state for banning same sex marriage.

Brief: Okla. gay marriage ban demeans same-sex couples and their children

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- Oklahoma's gay marriage ban demeans same-sex couples and their children by signaling to the world that their relationships are secondary to traditional families, opponents of the state law say in a new legal filing. [ Read more → ]
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Response expected in Okla. same-sex marriage case

Monday, March 17, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- Attorneys for an Oklahoma lesbian couple suing to have their marriage recognized in the state are expected to make a court filing in the case. [ Read more → ]
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

Gay couples in Okla. marriage case to be honored with civil liberties award

Thursday, March 13, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Two gay couples who are plaintiffs in a potentially landmark case challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage are being honored by the American Civil Liberties Union. [ Read more → ]
Corbin Aoyagi, a supporters of gay marriage, waves his flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Dozens of supporting briefs filed in Utah, Okla., same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 50 groups, organizations and coalitions have weighed in on gay marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma with supporting court briefs — giving a Denver-based federal appeals court thousands of pages of arguments to consider. [ Read more → ]
For,er U.S. Sens. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.)

Group of current, former GOP lawmakers file brief supporting same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. [ Read more → ]
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Lawyers in Okla. challenge say same-sex marriage is a detriment to children

Monday, February 24, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say a federal judge was wrong to overturn the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Same panel of judges to hear appeals of Utah, Okla., gay marriage rulings

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
DENVER -- Appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Utah and Oklahoma will be heard by the same panel of federal judges. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. lawmaker suggests eliminating all marriages to prevent gay marriages

Saturday, January 25, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma lawmaker, fearful that a federal judge's ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage might be upheld by an appeals court, says his conservative colleagues would consider throwing out all marriages in Oklahoma as a way around the ruling. [ Read more → ]
Sally Kern

Legislating from the Bible: The red state foundation of government ‘service’

Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it. While that reads like a tired bumper sticker, there are still lawmakers in the United States who use this as the very foundation of their government “service.” One such lawmaker is Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern. Even people who may not be able to find Oklahoma on a map know of Kern and her opposition to anything that resembles equality for LGBTQ Americans. Especially marriage equality... [ Read more → ]
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Attorneys for Tulsa county clerk to appeal Okla. same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, January 17, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- Lawyers for the Tulsa County court clerk are appealing a federal judge's ruling that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. Rep. Sally Kern: ‘Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong’

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern, who once called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” decried a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop Paul Coakley

Catholic archbishop ‘profoundly disappointed’ in Okla. marriage ruling

Thursday, January 16, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says he's "profoundly disappointed" in a federal judge's ruling that struck down Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Same-sex marriage rulings in Utah, Okla., build momentum

Thursday, January 16, 2014
[caption id="attachment_120864" align="alignleft" width="665"] Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt... [ Read more → ]
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

Oklahoma ruling shows U.S. shift toward same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
[caption id="attachment_122779" align="alignleft" width="665"] James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Plaintiffs Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla.,... [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Federal judge rules Okla. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- A federal judge has ruled that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern’s ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal, meaning gay marriages won’t immediately happen in Oklahoma. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. couple waiting 9 years in marriage lawsuit file new brief after Utah ruling

Monday, December 23, 2013
TULSA, Okla. — Lawyers for two same-sex couples suing for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma have filed an additional brief following a federal ruling that found a same-sex marriage ban in Utah violated the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
Okla gay marriage

Nine years after filing gay marriage lawsuit, couple still waits for day in court

Saturday, December 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. — A same-sex couple that sued for the right to marry knew they'd have an uphill battle in a conservative state like Oklahoma, but nothing like this: Nine years after filing their original lawsuit, they haven't had their day in court. [ Read more → ]
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