Marriage equality in Oklahoma could come in a matter of days, if not hours.
Following the United States Supreme Courts decision not to take up cases related to same-sex marriage, including an appeal in Oklahoma. a decision this summer from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that Oklahomas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional will become the law of the land.
The 10th Circuit Court put a stay on same-sex marriages in anticipation that the Supreme Court would be asked to hear the case. With the Supreme Court declining to take up the case, the stay will soon be lifted.
As reporters from various news outlets and marriage advocates seek to gain more information about what's next, here are some tweets and comments:
BREAKING: US Supreme Court refuses to get involved in gay marriage debateLegal experts were unsure whether the Supreme Court would take on the case of same-sex marriage this year, potentially settling the issue for good. By declining to take up the issue, those rulings from lower federal courts will not become the law of the land.
NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) October 6, 2014
10th, 7th and 4th Circuit marriage equality decisions will now be binding in all circuit states http://t.co/ofq82Nh2SM #LGBT CSE (@CSElive) October 6, 2014The ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in Oklahoma by the 10th Circuit Court effectively made it legal in all states that are in the 10th Circuit, which includes Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, and portions of Montana and Idaho. This means same-sex marriage could become legal in all those states.
Interesting to note, this November is the 10th anniversary of the passage of the state question banning same-sex marriage in Oklahoma.Oklahoma voters approved a state ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, which resulted in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that ban. The ban was declared unconstitutional by a state judge earlier this year, followed by the federal appeals court upholding that ruling over the summer.
Michael Cross (@KOSUMichaelC) October 6, 2014
The DA says they are anticipating the 10th Circuit will issue a mandate soon clarifying any confusion right now on same sex marriage.County clerks across Oklahoma are awaiting confirmation that same-sex marriage in Oklahoma is legal, which could come in the form of a mandate from the 10th Circuit Court as early as today.
Phil Cross (@philsnews) October 6, 2014