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March 4, 2014

A group of 20 Republicans from the American West lead by two former US senators are joining court battles over same-sex marriage on the side of the LGBTI community

A group of Republicans is filing friend-of-the-court briefs in appeals battles over state bans on same-sex marriage and has already done so in Utah and Oklahoma after courts struck down their state bans.

The group of gay friendly Republicans are being lead by former Senator Alan K Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy L Kassebaum of Kansas.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

January 25, 2014

Oklahoma state Representative Mike Turner thinks voters are 'willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all'

A Oklahoma state representative is willing to ban marriage for both straight and LGBTI couples.

Representative Mike Turner, a Republican, introduced a bill that would make civil marriage illegal in the southern US state. The legislation is in response to District Judge Terence Kern overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

January 15, 2014

Mary Fallin: 'The will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government'

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.

January 15, 2014

Mary Fallin: 'The will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government'

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.

January 14, 2014

But same-sex marriages cannot take place as judge issues stay on his ruling pending appeal

A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday (14 January) ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

But unlike in a Utah case where a similar ruling in December quickly led to more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in that state, the judge has stayed his ruling pending an appeal.

Terence 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.

November 7, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin permits only National Guard centers run by the federal government to issue benefit ID cards to same-sex spouses

The US state of Oklahoma will continue to discriminate against National Guard gay troops and their same-sex spouses.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement today, 6 October, announcing National Guard facilities, owned by the state, will not issue ID cards to the spouses of gay troops, even with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's directive that all legally married service members are be treated like their straight peers. 

November 7, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin permits only National Guard centers run by the federal government to issue benefit ID cards to same-sex spouses

The US state of Oklahoma will continue to discriminate against National Guard gay troops and their same-sex spouses.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement today, 6 October, announcing National Guard facilities, owned by the state, will not issue ID cards to the spouses of gay troops, even with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's directive that all legally married service members are be treated like their straight peers. 

November 3, 2013

The US Defense Department warns states it expects gay married troops to be treated like their straight peers

Several Republican governors are refusing to follow the Pentagon ruling on identification cards for gay troops and their spouses.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the Republican head of the National Governors Association,  accuses President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of using the National Guard to push a social agenda.

November 3, 2013

The US Defense Department warns states it expects gay married troops to be treated like their straight peers

Several Republican governors are refusing to follow the Pentagon ruling on identification cards for gay troops and their spouses.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the Republican head of the National Governors Association,  accuses President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of using the National Guard to push a social agenda.

October 28, 2013

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma has become the seventh Native American tribal nation to allow same-sex couples to marry on their lands

Oklahoma couple Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel have become the third same-sex couple to be married by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes – the seventh US tribal nation to allow same-sex couples to do so.

The lands of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the only part of Oklahoma where same-sex couples may legally marry as the state passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in 2004.

However at least one half of the couple must be a member of the tribe for them to marry them.

September 18, 2013

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin insists she is following the wish of state residents who supported a constitutional amendment banning marriage benefits to gay couples

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has directed the state's National Guard not to process military benefits for same-sex couples.

As reported by Navy Times Alex Weintz, the governor's spokesman, insisted Fallin was following the wishes of voters who banned gay marriages in the state.

July 22, 2013

GSN is feeling all broody, so we had to speak to three sets of parents in different stages of the adoption process

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate on the birth of their baby boy, but they are not the only ones who are becoming parents this summer.

We’ve spoken to three sets of parents, a gay couple, a lesbian couple and a single gay man, who are readying themselves to look after the next generation.

We teamed up with New Family Social, a UK support network for gay and lesbian parents, to look for prospective adopters.

May 21, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church is believed to be getting ready to protest the funerals of those killed by the 200mph winds

An Oklahoma tornado that has claimed the lives of up to 91 people is being blamed on Jason Collins.

Fred Phelps Jr, the son of the leader behind the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has linked homosexuality to the destructive natural disaster.

He said Oklahoma sportsman Kevin Durant offended God by saying ‘no one has the right to judge’ the first openly gay basketball player.

Phelps tweeted: ‘OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising fag Collins. God smashed OK. You do the math. #GodH8sFags #FagsDoomNations #FearGod #GodH8sU’

September 17, 2012

Citing the Bible, Judge Bill Graves says transgender men and women are changing their names for 'fraudulent purposes'

An Oklahoma judge has sparked fury after not allowing transgender people to change their names legally.

Local newspaper The Oklahoman reports Oklahoma County district judge Bill Graves, a former state legislator, cited the Bible in disallowing the name changes, claiming trans people are ‘making the changes for fraudulent purposes’.

September 13, 2012

Republican Senators claim ban on same-sex unions on military premises is to protect the freedom of religion of chaplains

Two US Senators have introduced legislation to ban same-sex unions from being held on military bases.

Senator Roger Wicker (Republican Mississippi) and Senator Jim Inhofe (Republican Oklahoma), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced the Military Religious Freedom Act on Tuesday (11 September).

It explicitly outlines how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) should be applied to the Department of Defense.

July 7, 2012

The Presbyterian church blocks redefinition of marriage, but agrees to study marriage equality

After three hours of debate, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) kept marriage defined as a union between a man and woman and did not repeal a ban on the officiation of gay weddings.

As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, on 6 July a 52 percent majority did not approve of a proposal that called marriage 'a covenant between two people.'

June 9, 2012

Religious country star and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has spoken out in favor of marriage equality

While Carrie Underwood may be the musical darling of religious Conservatives in the US, she has risked a backlash by speaking out on gay rights.

In a profile interview with British newspaper The Independent, the country singer said she believes, as a Christian, everyone has the right to ‘love publicly’.