The Court applied rational basis review and found the state's justifications inadequate, including encouraging responsible procreation, optimal child-rearing, and the impact on the institution of marriage.
Recognition of foreign marriage for parental rights Same sex couples can live together, but no legal obligation for them Offer "partnership certificates", which provide some tools such as hospital visitation rights but do not offer any legal recognition Limited to spouses of foreign diplomatic officials.
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Retrieved January 14, With last year's historic victories at the Supreme Court guiding the way, it is clear that we are on a path to full and equal citizenship for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Governor Mary Fallin said: "I support the right of Oklahoma's voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters.
Garcia said the couples are likely to win their case and the ban should be lifted, but said he would not enforce his ruling pending one by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which already is hearing two other states' cases. Same-sex marriage ban overturned, stayed pending appeal.
A 10th Circuit ruling in the Utah case striking down the Utah amendment on equal protection grounds, similar to the decisions made by Kern and the trial judge in the Utah case, would apply to all of the states in the circuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
The Bishop couple has been in a loving, committed relationships for many years. That case is scheduled for a hearing later this year. On Feb. Most court observers expected the justices to take at least one case in the term that began Monday to decide the question of whether state bans on same-sex marriage violate 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law.
The defendant, County Clerk Smith, filed a notice of appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 16  and asked the Court to expedite the appeals process and hear the case along with a similar Utah case, Kitchen v.
The appeals court ruled in that the couple lacked standing, so the two couples filed an amended complaint removing the governor and attorney general and adding Smith. The Cherokee Nation and the Osage Nation also perform and recognize same-sex marriages.
Tulsa World. Status of same-sex unions around the world.