More than 3,200 same-sex couples wed in Oklahoma

Ponca City Now - January 19, 2015 6:36 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The head of a gay advocacy group says more than 3,200 marriage licenses have been issued since they became available to same-sex couples in Oklahoma.

Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, says marriage licenses have been issued in 23 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties since October 6th. That’s when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider an Oklahoma’s judge’s ruling that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage.

The Tulsa World reports that about 2,200 marriage licenses have been issues in the state’s two most populous counties, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. Another spike has been in counties bordering Texas.

The case overturning the Oklahoma ban was filed by Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop. They also were the first same-sex couple in Oklahoma to be issued a marriage license.


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