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Norman councilman is one-half of same-sex marriage

Norman City Councilman Tom Kovach may be the only openly gay Oklahoma politician who is legally married to his partner. Kovach, elected in 2008, married his longtime partner Will Weir in September at the couple's ranch in New Mexico.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: November 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: November 17, 2013

Norman City Councilman Tom Kovach says he believes he is the only elected official in Oklahoma who is legally married to a same-sex partner.

He's more than likely correct.

Kovach, elected in 2008, married his longtime partner Will Weir in September at the couple's ranch in New Mexico.

Kovach, who represents Ward 2 in Norman, said he met Weir more than 15 years ago through mutual friends. They've been a couple since.

The councilman said the couple chose New Mexico because of its ambiguous marriage law, which doesn't specifically define marriage as being between a man and woman. The New Mexico Supreme Court is now reviewing the issue and could hand down a decision in the near future.

Kovach said he and Weir got their license in Santa Fe County, home to the capital of the state. They later got married at their ranch, which Weir inherited recently, in Colfax County, which doesn't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“There are seven counties in New Mexico that are currently issuing licenses to same-sex couples,” Kovach said. “The way their law is written, you don't have to be a resident, and once you get the license you can get married anywhere in the state.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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