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High court rejects Oklahoma, other same-sex marriage cases

WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review same-sex marriage cases from Oklahoma, Utah and three other states, possibly paving the way for marriages to begin immediately in those states and many others.

Without comment, the justices left intact decisions from federal appeals courts striking down same-sex marriage bans.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this summer struck down the bans in Utah and Oklahoma, but the court delayed their decisions from going into effect pending possible U.S. Supreme Court review.

The Supreme Court’s rejection on Monday means those appeals court decisions could go into effect immediately. The Utah and Oklahoma decisions mean same-sex marriage bans will also fall in other states within the 10th Circuit. Those states are Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. New Mexico is also in the circuit but did not have a ban.

Some Oklahoma counties have already been preparing for the possibility of same-sex marriage by changing the wording on licenses.

The Oklahoma case was first filed in 2004 by Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, of Tulsa County.


Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›