The Tampa Bay Times is relaying that a federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that state’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Judge Terence Kern struck down Oklahoma’s law which, similar to Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act, defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Kern described Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage as “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.”
“Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed,” Kern wrote. “It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions. Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights.”
Though, as of yet, there is no marriage equality in Florida, there are steps that you can take to protect your family’s rights.