Federal judge declares Oklahoma marriage equality ban unconstitutional

U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern ruled the law violates the Equal Protection of the Fourteenth Amendment

Published January 14, 2014 10:36PM (EST)

                                                                                                  (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)
(AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma's marriage equality law is unconstitutional, but the ruling will be stayed pending a possible appeal.

“The Court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” according to Kern's ruling, which was obtained by BuzzFeed.

The two plaintiff couples in the case filed their challenge to the ban nine years ago, proof that patience pays off.



By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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