A federal appeals court has ruled for the second time that states cannot prevent gay people from getting married.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday has found a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution. In a Utah case, the court ruled June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.
Lower courts struck down Utah and Oklahoma's voter-approved bans in December and January, respectively.
Utah's decision to ask the nation's highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
State officials said Wednesday they plan to ask the justices to review a June 25 ruling from a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found Utah's same-sex marriage ban violates the Constitution. It was the first time an appellate court found a Supreme Court decision last year means states cannot deny gays the right to wed.
Oklahoma may be affected by a ruling today on Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah today, saying that the ban goes against the 14th Amendment which guarantees due process and equal protection to every person in every State of the Union.
While an Oklahoma case is still pending, the principle involved in the Utah case applies to other states in the circuit, including Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico.
A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.
While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Family Medical Leave Act's benefits will be extend to married same-sex couples in all of the U.S., under a White House announced today. The change comes as the Obama administration alters federal policies to fit the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.
Oklahomans are keeping a close eye on a couple of court cases being mulled over right now.
In this week’s 23rd & Lincoln, The Journal Record’s Marie Price talks about the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals looking into Same Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court deciding on birth control and Hobby Lobby store.
You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol JRLR.net.