|Updated: 1/15 8:36 am
||Published: 1/14 9:31 pm
A federal judge's groundbreaking decision to rule the ban on gay marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution has gay couples in Green Country rejoicing.
It’s a celebration that many thought would never happen, but Tuesday’s ruling regarding the gay marriage ban here in Oklahoma caught everyone by surprise.
Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin have been together for 17 years and although they are 100% committed to each other, they could never make it legal.
Mary says Tuesday’s ruling by a federal judge now brings them one step closer to making their relationship legal.
“We were at work in the Tulsa World newsroom where we are both editors and we found out at work and were looking over the federal court reporters’ shoulder at his computer at the document that was filed," says Bishop.
Mary and her partner Sharon were one of two couples that filed a lawsuit in November of 2004, and she tells FOX23 they had intended to do so before the state put the petition on the ballot to declare same sex marriage unconstitutional, but when they found out that was going to happen, they filed the very next day.
"This is our state and a lot of our critics have told us from time to time well if you want to get married then go somewhere else, but this is our state as much as it is there’s if not more so in some cases and we want to be married legally in our home state," says Baldwin.
U.S. district judge, Terrence Kern’s ruling was immediately stayed pending an appeal and the couple says they plan on doing just that.
“The next step is that we assume this will be appealed by the state to the 10th circuit and we intend to win there also," says Bishop.