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Local News
8:04 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Headlines: Execution Testimony, Lake Hefner Drilling & Native American Artists

Headlines for Thursday, December 18, 2014:

  • Death row inmates want an injunction against further executions in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • People of Oklahoma City are planning to attend a public meeting tonight on a proposed oil drilling site near Lake Hefner. (Journal Record)

  • An Oklahoma energy company wants to build a factory in western North Dakota to process 400 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. (Bismark Tribune)

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Law
5:49 am
Sun November 23, 2014

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham got married in California, but lives in Mississippi. Now she wants her home state to recognize her same-sex marriage so she can get divorced.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married.

After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together. Then a year later, they decided to split up. The state of Mississippi doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, however, so they couldn't get a divorce there.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Supporters of Keystone XL Pipeline Come Up Short by One Vote

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Keystone XL pipeline bill which failed in the U.S. Senate.

Also discussed in this episode are measures being considered for the state Senate to create a $5 billion bond for education and to allow Oklahomans to register to vote online, as well as a new poll on same sex marriage and freshmen lawmakers taking the oath of office.

Local News
8:26 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Headlines: Same-Sex Marriage, Initiative Petitions & Keystone XL Pipeline

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 17, 2014:

  • Despite changes nationally on support of same sex marriage, a new survey shows Oklahomans still oppose any marriage equality. A poll from The Tulsa World shows 52% of the 404 likely voters strongly oppose gay marriage and ten percent somewhat oppose it.
     
  • Oklahomans hoping to add an initiative on state ballot for voters to decide often face an uphill battle. The Oklahoman breaks down the difficulty faced by many petitioners in the initiative process. Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill in June which sought to clarify the initiative referendum process.
     
  • Oklahoma leaders are praising the renewed momentum in Congress of the Keystone XL pipeline, despite there being little impact on our state. The Associated Press reports construction of the Oklahoma portion of the pipeline bringing Canadian oil to Cushing is already complete. The bill is heading to the Senate after passing the House last week.
The Two-Way
11:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Court Rules Against Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:27 pm

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, adding to an already confusing mix of contradictory decisions that is sure to propel the issue to the Supreme Court.

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The Two-Way
6:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court

Gay-marriage supporters follow an opponent of same-sex marriage in August, when four courts argued to preserve their bans on the unions in a federal court in Cincinnati. The court confirmed the states' bans.
Al Behrman AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 7:14 pm

Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, in a ruling that provides yet another shift in the legal fight over the issue.

The 2-1 decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit comes after the four states had argued this summer that their voters had the authority to decide whether to ban marriage between a same-sex couple.

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The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Federal Agencies Recognize Gay Marriages In 6 More States

The federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage in 32 states and the capital, after Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that federal agencies will now recognize same-sex married couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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Politics
4:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:47 pm

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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US News
6:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Same-Sex-Marriage States Often Lack Job Protection Laws For Gays

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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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