Judge deems Okla. same-sex marriage ban a violation of rights

By Michelle Kapusta,

On Tuesday, a federal judge deemed that Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

According to NBC News, a U.S. Senior District Judge ruled that a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples only, violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

"Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed. It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions. Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights," Judge Terence Kern wrote.

The Associated Press has reported that even though Kern ruled the ban unconstitutional, he has set aside his order while state and local officials complete an appeal.

This comes on the heels of a ruling on same-sex marriages in Utah earlier this month. After the state temporarily legalized gay marriages, the Supreme Court ruled that those unions be put on hold.

On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, decided that Utah would recognize the marriages that took place before the Supreme Court ruling.

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