(The Oklahoman) A federal judge in Tulsa struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on Tuesday but prevented his ruling from going into effect while the issue makes its way through appeals.
In this Oct. 10, 2013 photo, Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop speak at East Central University in Ada, OK, as part of the ECU Gay-Straight Alliance's National Coming Out Day event. (AP Photo/Eric Turner) Eric Turner
Senior U.S. District Judge Terrence C. Kern, ruling more than nine years after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a statewide question to prohibit same-sex marriage, said the ban discriminated against same-sex couples for no rational reason.
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After dissecting the arguments supporters voiced to justify the ban, Kern said that "moral disapproval of homosexuals as a class, or same-sex marriage as a practice, is not a permissible justification."