Gov. Mary Fallin issued this statement Wednesday in response to two rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage. One ruling struck down part of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay couples. The other ruling pertained to a California state proposition banning gay marriage, and the court took no position on whether the proposition was constitutional.
Fallin said, “When given the opportunity to vote on the issue (in 2004), seventy-five percent of Oklahoma voters supported a constitutional amendment declaring that ‘marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.’ Like the vast majority of Oklahomans, I support traditional marriage. I do not and will not support expanding the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said: “The Court’s decisions confirmed that it is up to the states to decide how to define marriage, not the federal government. As a result, Oklahoma’s constitutional provision that defines marriage in Oklahoma as between a man and a woman remains valid.”