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January 14, 2014

Readers react after judge declares Oklahoma same-sex marriage law unconstitutional

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CHICKASHA —

Jonathan Pacheco said paying taxes should grant members of the LGBT community the right to marry like anyone else, and Kiesha Baggett echoed this sentiment. 

"Its about time. I agree with Jonathan Pacheco. if they pay taxes they should have the same rights and freedom to get married as anyone," she wrote.

Jessica Williams differed from most who commented. 

 "I say, that within a conservative Christian state that it is to be expected for the majority of their voters hold a christian view of such things. And for an outside judge to rule against it is unconstitutional. That is saying that the voters have no say and it doesn't matter what values our state holds.I Also love everyone no matter their sexual preference and would never judge them for their views," she wrote. 

Gov. Mary Fallin released a statement late in the day expressing her distaste with the ruling. 

"In 2004, the people of Oklahoma voted to amend the state's constitution to define marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman.’ That amendment passed with 75 percent support," she said. "The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma's voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge's ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government."

 

Two plaintiff couples, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin and Gay Phillips and Susan Barton, filed their case, Bishop v. Oklahoma, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in November 2004, according to a press release from the Human Rights Campaign. 

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