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Oklahoma's governor is 'disappointed' and 'troubled' by judge's ruling that struck down gay marriage ban

Mary Fallin: 'The will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government'
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Oklahoma's Republican governor was not among those celebrating this week when a federal judge ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Mary Fallin, governor since 2011, said she is 'disappointed' and 'troubled' by US District Judge Terence Kern's overturning a 2004 amendment to the state's constitution that defined marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman.’

The amendment was passed with 75 percent voter support.

'The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue,' Fallin said in a statement. 'I support the right of Oklahoma's voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters.'

'I am disappointed in the judge's ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government,' she added.

Kern, a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, ruled on a case filed by two lesbian couples back in 2004.

Plaintiffs Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin sued to get a marriage license in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, plaintiffs Susan Barton and Gay Phillips had entered into a civil union in Vermont and want to have it recognized in Oklahoma.

Kern wrote in his ruling that the ban is 'an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.'

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