HUGE news just breaking. At this point, all I have is the status update from Chad Griffin, head of the Human Rights Campaign:
It’s not surprising that the decision has been stayed, considering the fact that the Utah case is currently stayed pending appeal and will likely go to the 10th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over both Utah and Oklahoma.
UPDATE: From the HRC:
Today U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the Sooner State.
HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:
“Judge Kern has come to the conclusion that so many have before him – that the fundamental equality of lesbian and gay couples is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. With last year’s historic victories at the Supreme Court guiding the way, it is clear that we are on a path to full and equal citizenship for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Equality is not just for the coasts anymore, and today’s news from Oklahoma shows that time has come for fairness and dignity to reach every American in all 50 states.”
They also include the following graphic: