This is starting to become redundant, but the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued another ruling today, affirming the decision by US District Judge Terence Kern, that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marraige violates the US Constitution. The 2-1 decision was authored by Judge Carlos Lucero, who was joined by Judge Jerome Holmes – a President George W. Bush appointee.
The same court previously affirmed a similar ruling regarding the state of Utah’s marriage ban.
Same-sex marriages will be put on hold pending an appeal by the state of Oklahoma. The state now has the option to request an en banc appeal before the full bench of the Tenth Circuit, which decides whether or not to grant that request. It may also bypass an en banc session and appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Utah attorney general announced earlier this month that he would appeal the Tenth Circuit’s ruling to the Supreme Court.