Oklahoma Military couple Heather and Kasey celebrate federal respect for their marriage

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.

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Divorce Petition Again Dismissed

Tulsa World
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]

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Gay couples’ marriages are forever in Oklahoma

Macleans
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]

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OPINION: Secrets of conservatives

The Lantern
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]

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Oklahoma marriage case survives standing motion

Leonard Link
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]

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Cherokee Court Clears Way for Lesbian Marriage

AP Wire Service
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]

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Battle over the freedom to marry plays out in the Cherokee Tribe

Washington Post
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]

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