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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban

The ruling came from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the same panel that last month declared Utah's ban on marriage unconstitutional.
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The federal appeals court that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage did the same to Oklahoma's on Friday, but put its ruling on hold to give the state a chance to appeal. The decision was a 2-1 vote, the same as it was with last month's ruling for Utah.There was no immediate word from Oklahoma officials on whether they will appeal. Utah plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 10th Circuit ruling, setting the stage for the justices to weigh in on the matter as courts across the country have ruled against same-sex marriage bans.

Oklahoma City resident Amanda Smith, 28, said she is engaged to be married to her girlfriend of five years in Sept. 2015 and she is "hoping for a national resolution on this issue" by then. "It's a step in the right direction," she said of the 10th Circuit ruling.



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