Judge declares Oklahoma's marriage amendment unconstitutional

Oklahoma’s marriage amendment, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, is unconstitutional because it is “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit,” a federal judge has ruled. ...

“This ruling is cause for great concern,” said Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City. “It thwarts the common good, which depends upon the willingness of societal leaders to uphold basic truths about our humanity. The reality of marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman’ is just such a basic truth. The majority of Oklahomans recognize this. That Judge Kern chooses to ignore it is deeply disappointing.”


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