Couple in gay marriage lawsuit speaks about judge's groundbreaking decision


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
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.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2014 12:09 PM
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Let them have what they need ??? http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MLo24jirIGI#

Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2014 10:34 AM
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Equal taxation #8 ^]] same sex couples just do not produce new tax payers. Same sex couples do not raise children that were forged from that union. Homosexuals want the same tax break that heterosexuals get for producing new tax payers. In reality they want unequal consideration. They want more for less. That is not equal representation in our economy. They want special consideration. Just say no to homosexual marriage in the eyes of the law.

Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2014 10:03 AM
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Darron #8 ^]] Its not exactly correct to say that they are smart with their selection. Especially since the road is illuminated well enough for the blind to see.

Darron - 1/15/2014 9:18 AM
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Maynot its not righto say that gays are necessarily dumb or stupid but to say that they are lost. The Bible specifically says "A marriage is a union between man and a woman, not man and man or Woman and Woman. This is an abomination against the face of God. Jesus acknowledge the fact of same sex attractions, but he did not commend it nor did he say it was righteous.

Mayor Maynot - 1/14/2014 11:24 PM
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Dumb gays.
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