Gay marriage rulings won’t affect Oklahoma’s ban, Oklahoma attorney general says

By Chris Casteel Published: June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down Wednesday on gay marriage may have little practical effect in Oklahoma, where state law bars gay couples from being wed and prohibits the recognition of gay marriages performed in other states.

“The court’s decisions confirmed that it is up to the states to decide how to define marriage, not the federal government,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said after the high court’s decisions.

“As a result, Oklahoma’s constitutional provision that defines marriage in Oklahoma as between a man and a woman remains valid.”

The Oklahoma law, approved by voters in 2004, is being challenged in federal court in Tulsa.

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