Postedon Jan 16, 2014 at 07:00 pm
This week marked sweet victory for Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin, who represented thousands of gay and lesbian people in the Sooner State with their lawsuit in Oklahoma. See a shared a photo of the moment Mary learned that she had Sharon had won the case!
Postedon Jan 14, 2014 at 05:40 pm
On January 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that laws in Oklahoma prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying are unconstitutional. The federal judge has also issued a stay on the ruling pending appeal.
Postedon Oct 22, 2013 at 03:00 pm
This month, another tribal nation began extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. In Oklahoma, Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state, since they received a marriage license from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Concho, Oklahoma.
Postedon Sep 19, 2013 at 10:00 am
When National Guard Sgt. Heather Britt-Davis returns from Afghanistan this month, she and her wife Kasey will finally be able to gain spousal recognition on Kasey's military ID card. Here, they share their love story with Freedom to Marry.
Postedon Nov 26, 2008 at 10:51 am
November 26, 2008
For the second time, the Tulsa County, Okla., court ruled that because the state bans marriage for gay couples, a lesbian cannot be granted her request for a divorce from her wife, who she married in Canada. [Link]
Postedon Jul 17, 2008 at 01:26 pm
July 16, 2008
First comes love, then comes marriage — and then, for many couples, comes divorce. Unless, that is, you're gay and you live in a state that doesn't recognize your union. Couples who find themselves in this predicament can face a terrible prospect: being unhappily married for life. [Link]
Postedon Sep 17, 2007 at 12:06 pm
September 17, 2007
With popular culture swinging the way of tolerance, as it should be, the right wing — more specifically the Christian right — saw it was going to be fighting an uphill battle to prevent gays from getting married. So what did they do? They changed what the issue was about and turned the tables completely. Suddenly, they weren't discriminating or persecuting anyone. They were "defending" the "sanctity" of marriage. Think about it. It's diabolically ingenious. Everyone always roots for the underdog. [link]
Postedon Jul 31, 2006 at 11:59 am
July 31, 2006
U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled on July 20 in Bishop v. State of Oklahoma, 2006 WL 2045877, that two Oklahoma same-sex couples can litigate various challenges to the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act and Oklahoma's anti-same-sex-marriage constitutional amendment, but sharply reduced the scope of the case by eliminating certain legal theories from consideration and finding that the couples lacked standing to raise certain legal questions. [link]
Postedon Aug 03, 2005 at 03:46 pm
August 3, 2005
In 2005, a Cherokee tribal court dismissed a lawsuit impeding one lesbian couple's pursuit of their marriage's being granted tribal recognition. Though Cherokee same-sex couples are still unable to obtain full marriage rights, this case was an important step in the direction towards marriage equality. [Link]
Postedon Aug 01, 2005 at 12:03 pm
August 1, 2005
A historical hearing in Oklahoma's Cherokee courts will take place on Tuesday to legalize marriage between same-sex couples after Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley of Oklahoma moved to become the first same-sex couple to marry under Cherokee law. Cherokee law did not exclude same-sex couples from marrying, but the couple was stopped short upon the actual filing of their marriage application, after they requested and received, without incident, a marriage application from the tribe last year, and held a wedding ceremony performed by a licensed minister certified by the Cherokee Nation. [Link]