January 14, 2014

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


A district judge ruled an Oklahoma constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman as unconstitutional yesterday. 

The law was passed in 2004. 

“Judge (Terence) Kern has come to the conclusion that so many have before him – that the fundamental equality of lesbian and gay couples is guaranteed by the United States Constitution," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffen said. "With last year’s historic victories at the Supreme Court guiding the way, it is clear that we are on a path to full and equal citizenship for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.  Equality is not just for the coasts anymore, and today’s news from Oklahoma shows that time has come for fairness and dignity to reach every American in all 50 states.”

Kern's ruling is stayed pending an appeal, so same-sex marriages will not occur immediately in Oklahoma. 

Respondents to a question regarding the ruling on The Express-Star's Facebook almost all shared positive viewpoints on the decision. 

"This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the course of these rulings nationwide," wrote Rob Vollmar. "We have wasted millions of dollars defending laws that we knew were unconstitutional and destined to be struck down. Imagine if we had put that money into education or infrastructure instead."

Others, like Alisha Johns Snow, said government should never interfere with romantic relationships. 

"I feel that's it's not my right, or anyone else's right, to meddle in the love life of others," she wrote. "I think this is a step in the right direction."

Kyle Oliver said this decision in one of common sense. 

"If two men or women want to get married, why should we be able to stop them? This is the same principle as not letting African Americans get married back in the 1800's," he wrote. 

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