|Updated: 1/15 10:45 pm
||Published: 1/15 10:39 pm
Yesterday a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled a state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Local legislators, including Governor Fallin have released statements since. Today we heard from Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
He says he won’t support U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern’s ruling that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The focus is on an amendment voters in Oklahoma supported in 2004, defining marriage as between a man and woman.
Pruitt says he sees this making it all the way to the Supreme Court. Tuesday’s ruling said the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. But Pruitt says the right for gay couples to marry is not inherently covered in that protection.
“It was created to say you cannot be discriminated against based upon immutable characteristics. Characteristics that cannot change; your gender, your race, your ethnicity, your national origin. To now extend that to behavior; to choices that are made by individuals, and to say that a state that’s been the arbiter of what constitutes marriage should be displaced; that’s troubling,” said Pruitt.
He says he’s going to keep watching what happens. Pruitt isn’t involved in the original lawsuit, but he can still file what’s called an amicus brief—and he says he’s likely to do so. It’s a brief that can be filed by a person who’s uninvolved with a case, but has a strong interest in it.