Target: Judges Carlos Lucero and Jerome Holmes
Goal: Applaud the Appeals Court of Oklahoma for the overturn of a state gay marriage ban
The right to marry as same-sex couples is still not legal in many states in the United States. Over recent years, however, one-by-one states have begun to allow for same-sex couples to legally marry. Oklahoma is the most recent state to join suit in allowing for same-sex marriages.
The three-judge panel comprising the Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1, overturning the marriage ban that was in place in Oklahoma. On the reason for the court ruling, Judge Carlos Lucero stated that the state ban was unconstitutional, since “…it denies a fundamental right to all same-sex couples who seek to marry or to have their marriages recognized regardless of their child-rearing ambitions.”
A similar case occurred last month in Utah. The same Circuit Court of Appeals in the Utah ruling had ruled the Oklahoma ruling.
Currently, over 70 lawsuits are pending in the 31 U.S. states that still have prohibitions on same-sex marriage. All the overturns of state bans that have occurred recently indicate that this issue is edging towards the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction for a broader scale change. Please sign the petition below to applaud the rightful verdict of this court case in Oklahoma and to encourage the successful passage of the right for same-sex marriages in other states.
Dear Judges Carlos Lucero and Jerome Holmes,
It was heartening to read about the overturning of the same-sex-marriage ban in Oklahoma. Even though the right to legally marry should be a given for any two individuals wishing to get married to one another, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, not all states in the United States allow for this right. Thanks to you, Oklahoma is now one of the many states to have changed its laws to allow for same-sex marriages.
Thank you for protecting the rights of LGBT individuals in Oklahoma by allowing same-sex couples to legally marry in your state. I am looking forward to reading about other states that are to follow suit in increasing equality across the nation.
[Your Name Here]
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