Appeal filed in Oklahoma same-sex marriage ruling

BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World Published: January 16, 2014
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The Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa County Clerk’s Office has appealed a federal judge’s ruling that an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that precludes same-sex couples from receiving state marriage licenses violates the U.S. Constitution.

Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith filed the appeal Thursday with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Tuesday, U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern, a Tulsa-based federal judge, ruled that Part A of the amendment, approved by Oklahoma voters in November 2004, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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