TULSA, Okla. (January 14, 2014) U.S. District Judge Terence Kern Tuesday struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Kern issued the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples.
The ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal, meaning gay marriages won't immediately begin in Oklahoma.
The gay couples sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma.
Kern ruled on a constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters in 2004 that says marriage in the state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
He said it violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office did not immediately have a comment on the ruling.
State Rep. Sally Kern, who opposes gay marriage, attributed Tuesday's ruling to"activist judges."