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Oklahoma

Oklahoma is the 46th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Nov. 16, 1907. Its capital and most populous city is Oklahoma City.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of same-sex partnerships solemnized in other jurisdictions was approved by voters in November 2004. On Jan. 14, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Terence C. Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. He stayed enforcement of his judgement pending appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The case is Bishop v. Oklahoma.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Oklahoma House committee OKs bill protecting conversion therapy providers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Oklahoma
Legislation that would protect the practice of therapy that seeks to change people's sexual orientation or gender identity in Oklahoma was approved by a state House committee Tuesday. [...]

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Okla. House panel OKs anti‑gay marriage bill that targets court clerks with job loss

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Judges or court clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would lose their jobs under a bill that has been approved by a House committee. The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote. [...]

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Oklahoma House OKs bill protecting ministers who refuse same-sex marriages

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
The bill grants licensed ministers in the state immunity from any civil claim based on their refusal to recognize a marriage that violates the minister's "conscience or religious beliefs." [...]

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Oklahoma bill would allow ministers to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Oklahoma
The bill states licensed ministers shall be immune from any civil claim based on their refusal to recognize any marriage that violates the minister's "conscience or religious beliefs." [...]

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Marriage News Watch: February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015
AP
Marriage could be starting next week in Alabama – anti-gay officials are saying that they don’t have to let gay couples get married, but their reasoning isn’t exactly what you would call true. [...]

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Oklahoma lawmaker withdraws anti-gay ‘license to discriminate’ bill

Friday, January 30, 2015
Sally Kern
An Oklahoma lawmaker who has introduced several anti-gay bills for the upcoming session is withdrawing one measure, widely criticized as a licensing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. [...]

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Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin refuses to take position on LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
Gov. Mary Fallin won't say whether she thinks Oklahoma businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people. [...]

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Okla. career anti-gay lawmaker introduces three bills targeting LGBT community

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Sally Kern
Oklahoma state lawmaker Sally Kern, who once called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” has introduced three new measures targeting the LGBT community. [...]

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More than 3200 same-sex couples marry in Oklahoma, spike seen along Texas border

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Oklahoma
About 2,200 marriage licenses have been issued in the state's two most populous counties, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. Another spike has been in counties bordering Texas. [...]

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Same-sex couple’s adoption in Oklahoma believed to be among state’s first

Sunday, January 11, 2015
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An adoption decree granted to a married lesbian couple in Okmulgee County is believed to be among the first same-sex adoptions in Oklahoma, the women's attorney says. [...]

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