Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Historic Black University Celebrates Homecoming

Langston University is celebrating its annual homecoming starting Sunday.

KOSU's Justin Bennett reports.

The week long traditions at Langston University’s homecoming week were passed down from generation to generation.

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It's All Politics
3:14 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention — So Why Don't More Vote?

Rapper Lil Jon appears in a new ad for Rock the Vote's 2014 campaign. The organization was founded to get Generation X engaged in politics, and is adapting its tactics to reach millennials.
Courtesy of Rock the Vote

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 12:22 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

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KOSU Music
5:49 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

KOSU Music: Jessie Ware, Kindness & Screaming Females

Jessie Ware
facebook.com/jessiewaremusic

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at the love songs of Jessie Ware, the disco-R&B-funk hybrid sounds of Kindness, and a catchy tune from Screaming Females.

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The Two-Way
1:58 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

In Gay Marriage's New Landscape, Glee, Confusion And Resistance

Kody Partridge (center right) and her partner, Lauri Wood, kiss at a same-sex marriage celebration Monday in Salt Lake City. The status of gay marriage remains uncertain in Kansas and Wyoming, where officials say no court has ruled on their ban specifically.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 3:41 pm

Same-sex couples are marrying in at least six more states today, after the Supreme Court left in place lower courts' rulings against bans on gay marriage. But couples have been turned away in Kansas, one of several states that share federal jurisdiction with states where bans were lifted.

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2014 Elections
1:08 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Oklahoma Forum Recaps Gubernatorial Debate

On Sunday, our partners at OETA hosted an analysis on last week's gubernatorial debate between Governor Mary Fallin and State Representative Joe Dorman.

Hosted by OETA's Dick Pryor, the Oklahoma Forum panel includes Rachel Hubbard of KOSU, Shawn Ashley of eCapitol, Rick Green of The Oklahoman, and Brandon Lenoir of Oklahoma State University.

The statewide general election takes place on Tuesday, November 4 and early voting begins Thursday, October 30. More information at ok.gov/elections.

JenX
8:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Recognizing the Victims of Domestic Violence

This week’s Jen-X recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For Jennifer Lindsey McClintock, it’s an issue which is all too real.


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Same-Sex Marriage
8:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Crowd Oklahoma County Court Clerk's Office to Get Married

Jennifer Hasler (left) and Karina Tittjung (right)
Rachel Hubbard

Same-sex couples across Oklahoma began to marry on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up appeals on several same-sex marriage rulings earlier in the day. That action caused the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay on their ruling against the ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Ryan LaCroix reports on the couples that jumped at the chance to get married in Oklahoma County on Monday.

Roughly two dozen couples filtered into a crowded Oklahoma County Court Clerk’s office on Monday. Oklahoma County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples early Monday afternoon.

Mary Pavliska and her partner Brandie Hobia have been together since 2011 and are adopting a child together. Mary says although the day has been confusing, she’s happy with the end result.

“I called you about 9 a.m. and said ‘Let’s go!’ Then, we had to wait. Then, we had to wait longer, then I said, ‘Now, we’re really going. Apparently, it’s official now, so we’re going.’ I came to work a Pavliska and I’m leaving a Hobia, so I can’t really complain.”

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The Two-Way
9:47 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Reviewing The 4 Gay Marriage Cases The High Court Tacitly Endorsed

Erika Turner (right) and Jennifer Melsop of Centreville, Va., rejoice as they become the first same-sex couple to marry in Arlington County.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 10:52 am

By refusing to review decisions striking down gay marriage bans from three appellate courts across the country, the Supreme Court gave a tacit nod to the legal reasoning in the cases before the courts.

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Politics
6:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Gay Marriage?

People wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington Monday as it begins its new term. The justices cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 8:29 pm

Technically, the Supreme Court Monday did not establish a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. It merely declined an opportunity to rule definitely one way or the other on the question.

But in the not-too-long run, the consequences may well be the same. Because the situation the court created — or acknowledged — will almost surely continue trending in favor of same-sex couples who want to marry.

Conversely, the legal ground is eroding for states that want to stop such marriages or deny them legal recognition.

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The Two-Way
6:28 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

5 Questions About The Supreme Court And Gay Marriage In The U.S.

Jennifer Hasler (left) and Karina Tittjung smile after picking up their marriage license at the Oklahoma County courthouse in Oklahoma City Monday. When the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of gay marriage, it opened the door for gay men and women to marry in 11 states, including Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Nick Oxford Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 7:22 pm

On Monday, the Supreme Court surprised many when it refused to enter the contentious debate over gay marriage.

The court left intact decisions by three federal appeals courts that had struck down bans on gay marriage in parts of the South, West and Midwest. Attorneys general in five states asked the court to review those decisions and overrule them. But the court instead stepped back, leaving the lower court rulings intact.

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