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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 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
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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
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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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No silence of the trans: Bigoted shouts losing ground in march toward equality

Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Former Oklahoma GOP Congressman Ernest Istook, a broadcaster and lawyer before entering Congress, has returned to broadcast and print journalism for the conservative press with a recent two-part analysis of the transgender community. He is not happy with the community’s social progress. [...]

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Okla. Supreme Court says gay partner entitled to hearing in parental rights case

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a lesbian woman who helped raise her partner's two biological children is entitled to a court hearing on her claim for parental rights and what is in the best interest of the children, now ages 6 and 7. The court issued its [...]

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Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin blasts court for gay marriage decision

Monday, October 6, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin is criticizing the federal courts for allowing gay marriage in Oklahoma, saying the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a violation of states' rights. [...]

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Tulsa couple who challenged gay marriage ban marry on courthouse steps

Monday, October 6, 2014
Mary Bishop, left, and Sharon Baldwin, right, celebrate following their wedding ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Bishop and Baldwin were the lead plaintiffs who challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, shortly after 76 percent of Oklahoma voters approved the ban.
TULSA, Okla. -- Clasping bouquets of purple and pink roses and lilies, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin accomplished Monday a task nearly a decade in the making: becoming legally married in Oklahoma. In a ceremony on the Tulsa County Courthouse steps, just as rush-hour traffic was bottling up downtown, the [...]

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Tenth Circuit lifts stay: Same-sex marriage now legal in Utah, Oklahoma

Monday, October 6, 2014
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
DENVER -- A federal appeals court has lifted its stay in gay marriage cases in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for same-sex nuptials to begin in both states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the stays Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court denies review of gay marriage appeals from five states

Monday, October 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases [...]

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