Plaintiffs in gay marriage lawsuit wed in Oklahoma
Ponca City Now - October 7, 2014 7:58 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The plaintiffs in a gay marriage lawsuit in Oklahoma have married during a ceremony on the steps of the Tulsa County Courthouse.
Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin were married late Monday afternoon before dozens of friends, family members and supporters. Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Judge Jane Wiseman officiated the ceremony.
Bishop and Baldwin were the lead plaintiffs who challenged Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, shortly after 76 percent of Oklahoma voters approved the ban.
The wedding came after the U.S. Supreme Court earlier Monday declined to take up the state’s appeal in the case, and a federal appeals court lifted its stay.
Following the wedding Baldwin said: "It is a great day to be gay in Oklahoma. It’s an even better day to be married."