Same-sex marriage in Oklahoma is now legal, starting on October 6, 2014, following the resolution of a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal in a case that found Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriage.
According to the Williams Institute at the University of California School of Law, there are more than 6,100 cohabiting same-sex couples in Oklahoma, of which an estimated 21 percent are raising more than a combined 2,500 children in their homes.
On June 6, 2014, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned Wisconsin’s discriminatory state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. This move allowed more than 500 couples to wed during eight days. Crabb did not stay her ruling, but also did not immediately issue an order blocking the enforcement of the order, leaving it unclear whether same-sex couples could immediately marry. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appealed the decision. Couples who were in the middle of the five-day waiting period to get a license, which most counties waived, are caught in limbo. As Crabb didn’t issue any orders on how state officials were to implement her decision, Van Hollen requested Crabb put her ruling on hold, arguing that allowing the marriages while the underlying case was pending created confusion about the legality of those marriages. Amid the uncertainty, nearly every Wisconsin county — 60 of 72 — issued licenses. John Knight, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law, called Crabb’s decision to put her order on hold disappointing. Oral arguments will be heard in the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals to the 7th Circuit on August 26, 2014.
Marriage equality became legal on December 20, 2013. It was the result of a ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. However, The United States Supreme Court stayed the ruling on January 6, 2014, while the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver considered the case.
On July 9, a federal judge in Colorado concluded that gay and lesbian couples do indeed have a constitutional right to wed. Same-sex marriages that were performed in the state are recognized by the federal government, but a ruling requiring the state of Utah to recognize such marriages was stayed by the United States Supreme Court on July 18, 2014.
On June 25, 2014, the Tenth Circuit upheld the lower court ruling, a decision that sets a precedent for every state within the circuit. However, the Tenth Circuit stayed this ruling.
A Salt Lake Tribune poll taken by SurveyUSA from January 10–13, 2014 found that Utah residents are now split on whether same-sex couples in Utah should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses — 48% for and 48% against, while 4% were uncertain. The question was “Should same-sex couples in Utah be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses?”
However, organizations as “Utah Marriage Equality” are working towards marriage equality. They “promote acceptance and full equality for the LGBTQ community through education and increased visibility within our state” for that purpose.