Okla. governor denounces appeals court ruling on gay marriage

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK) speaks to the crowd on day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK) speaks to the crowd on day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/18 3:18 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Fallin says she hopes the decision is eventually overturned. She says she will continue to fight the federal government when it seeks to ignore or change laws written and supported by Oklahomans.

Friday's ruling was put on hold pending any appeal, which means gay marriages won't immediately take place in Oklahoma.

Still, gay rights groups are planning celebrations across the state. Two rallies are planned this evening in Oklahoma City.

Toby Jenkins, who heads a group called Oklahomans for Equality, says he's excited that the state -- in his words -- "will be counted among the places where all of its citizens are treated equally."


 

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