Fallin comments on same sex marriage decision

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Reported by: Morgan Downing
Updated: 1/15 8:37 am Published: 1/14 4:25 pm

Tuesday, a U.S. District Judge, Terence Kern, ruled that Oklahoma's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

His ruling is currently stayed, meaning no marriages will occur immediately, however it a big step for Oklahoma.

In 2004, Oklahoma voters ruled marriage in their state should only consist of a man and a women.  However Kern's ruling stated that decision violates the U.S Constitution Equal Rights Protection Clause.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following statement after the ruling:

"Judge 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.  With last year's historic victories at the Supreme Court guiding the way, it is clear that we are on the 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 comes on the heels of a year-long string of electoral, judicial and legislative victories for marriage equality. 

Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement about the decision: 

"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. 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."

In recent weeks both the New Mexico Supreme Court and a federal district judge in Utah have ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples.

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Unwashed Mass - 1/17/2014 11:19 AM
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"the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights" so say the courts. How dare the federal government interfere with our right to interfere with other people's rights. /s

Unwashed Mass - 1/16/2014 11:37 AM
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Fallin stands for good family values, just ask her OHP bodyguard.

Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2014 5:37 PM
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Discooooh #8 ^]] You can write a proxy for whoever you care to place you in health care.

Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2014 5:22 PM
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Discohhhh #8 -^]]. Once again it is not health care coverage. It is equal taxation. Get it in your poorly conceived thought practice. Taxation without equal or fair representation. Now if homosexual couples went to spare the tax benefit that heterosexual couples get I might concede same sex unions c but there is no way that you can compare homosexuals to heterosexuals v

golougo - 1/15/2014 5:14 PM
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Mary Fallin (because I refuse to give her any respect as a government official)has once again shown the tax paying LGBT residents of Oklahoma that she still considers them second class citizens. She and the AG can "weigh in" all they like, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans! Marriage equality WILL come to Oklahoma. Their opinions are just that, opinions. You do not get to vote on a minority groups rights. Our Constitution protects us from that.

watergirl - 1/15/2014 2:07 PM
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It doesn't make sense to vote on certain issues anymore. There's always some big high powered judge who will go change it after the polls close.

diskohh - 1/15/2014 1:13 PM
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Yes Mayor Maynot, because NO gay couples will ever adopt or otherwise have children. I have the choice to marry who I want, and to extend benefits such as healthcare coverage and having them make medical decisions for me if the situation ever happened. I do not see why extending those benefits to everyone is such a big issue.

karlschneider - 1/15/2014 1:13 PM
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The simple fact is that bits and dribbles from a collection of ancient illiterate goatherders' campfire tales have no relevance to 21st century human rights. There are millions of gay Americans who married persons of the opposite sex (the "traditional" kind), usually as a way to avoid discrimination, societal disapproval, employment jeopardy or just plain peer pressure. Many of them have had children which they love dearly and most of them love their spouses too, but were never in a relationship that was properly suited to their orientation. It is a virtual certainty that everyone who knows more than about 25 people knows at least one of these folks...if you disapprove, you won't know who they are because THEY know you disapprove and don't tell you. Also, virtually every extended family of more than a couple dozen or so has gay members. That has been a fact for most of human history. Every day, as the irrational stigma evaporates, people learn that a dear friend, a trusted colleague, a respected acquaintance or a family member is one of "them". And that is what drives the ongoing extinction of nonsensical stereotypes and ugly prejudice. It is a one way street and won't be changing...for a very very long time if ever. Bigots and haters might as well accept progress, otherwise they will end up like their miserable ancestors who died without ever acknowledging the variety of life we actually have or knowing the joy of celebrating it.

karlschneider - 1/15/2014 1:12 PM
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Failin' Fallin is "disappointed"? Well, I am disappointed our venerable governatrix doesn't understand the concept of a democratic republic with a Constitution that protects minorities from tyranny of a majority. She should be thinking of moving to Iran or Uganda and running for office there.

Unwashed Mass - 1/15/2014 12:36 PM
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She could have been gracious about her defeat, and acknowledged that the recent ruling does indeed represent the wishes of many people in Oklahoma, but she decided to revert to her backwoods adulteress roots instead.
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