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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If equality for same-sex couples harms your straight marriage, it’s your own fault

Monday, January 27, 2014
For years, in thousands of same-sex marriage debates which I have participated, those opposing marriage equality have claimed that if it was made legal, harm would be done to opposite sex marriages. There was nothing about their argument that seemed the least bit logical, so I fought back vehemently with all the rational thought I could muster against, what to me, was a purely irrational concept. I missed something. I should have seen it. It parallels another argument anti-gays have made for years, long before the marriage equality issue was even on the table... [ 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 → ]
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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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Okla. lawmaker wants voters to ban same-sex marriage … again

Thursday, January 23, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- Just one week after a judge struck down Oklahoma's 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a state lawmaker has filed a bill that would call for a second vote to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to again ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Delicate path for marriage equality in red states: Court wins alone won’t be enough

Monday, January 20, 2014
Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won't be enough. [ 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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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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Okla. rejects amended tax returns from legally married, same-sex couples

Monday, November 11, 2013
TULSA, Okla. — A small number of Oklahoma same-sex couples have received returned payments from the state Tax Commission, which turned down their recently amended filings that claimed married status. [ Read more → ]
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Gov. says Okla. Guard won’t process benefits for married, same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma National Guard facilities and employees who are paid with state tax dollars won't process benefits for married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. governor evaluates options over Guard benefits for same-sex couples

Sunday, November 3, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are evaluating legal options regarding benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have denied those benefits. [ Read more → ]
Brandi Duvall, APIn this photo provided by All Shots Photgraphy, the Rev. Floyd Black Bear, left, officiates the wedding of his son, Darren Black Bear, second from left, to Jason Pickel, second from right, at Fort Reno in Oklahoma. They are the third same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes since 2012.

Gay couple in Oklahoma legally wed despite state ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, November 1, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- In a conservative state referred to as the buckle of the Bible Belt, two men legally married Thursday in a small ceremony at a chapel on an old military fort west of Oklahoma City. [ Read more → ]
Nick Oxford, APDarren Black Bear, left, and Jason Pickel hold up their marriage license issued by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes near Jason's home in Oklahoma City.

Native American bloodline allows gay couple to be first to wed in Oklahoma

Friday, October 25, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Darren Black Bear hasn't thought too much about his upcoming nuptials. Maybe khaki pants, and he doesn't mind if guests show up in Halloween costumes even though the wedding will be a rare sight: He and his partner are getting legally married in Oklahoma even though the state bans same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. governor tells National Guard to deny benefits to same-sex couples

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. state Senate approves anti-gay marriage resolution

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY --- A nonbinding resolution to reaffirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act has been approved in the Oklahoma Senate. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. state House approves resolution opposing same-sex marriage

Monday, April 8, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Weighing in on the recently energized debate around gay marriage, the Oklahoma House approved a resolution without opposition Monday to reaffirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
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ACLU files appeal in case of transgender woman denied name change

Monday, October 1, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma (ACLU) has announced that it will represent a transgender woman who was denied a name change by an Oklahoma judge who told her “you can’t change what God gave you.” [ Read more → ]
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Citing God and science, Oklahoma judge refuses transgender name changes

Monday, September 17, 2012
An Oklahoma judge has repeatedly denied transgender women their petitions for a name change to reflect their female identity, ruling that the requests were made for a fraudulent purpose. [ Read more → ]
Jon Ferguson looks over the damage to his burned car.

Oklahoma man suffers burns after vandals scrawl gay slur, set car on fire

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
EDMOND, Okla. -- An Oklahoma gay man says he awoke in the early morning hours on July 21 to the noise two men dressed in black and wearing face masks vandalizing his car -- he said one of the suspects threw something in his vehicle that caused an explosion and fire, while the man other fled. [ Read more → ]
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Congressman defends remarks that employers should be able to fire gay employees

Friday, May 18, 2012
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) earlier this week told Think Progress that being gay is a “sexual preference” and a “choice issue,” and that he wouldn’t support employment protection legislation because people aren’t born gay. [ Read more → ]
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