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Fallin: Marriage ruling an example of federal courts trampling on states’ rights

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)

Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Fallin says she voted for the amendment that was approved by 76 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004. Now, she says, two federal judges have acted to overturn a law supported by most Oklahomans.

Fallin says she hopes the decision is eventually overturned. She says she will continue to fight the federal government when it seeks to ignore or change laws written and supported by Oklahomans.

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