Current Legal Issues Regarding Same-Sex Marriage
The legal basis for allowing same-sex marriage in Oklahoma was established in 2014. This court decision was based on the following factors:
The Court found that the hard-lined defense of traditional marriage risks being a guise for impermissible discrimination against same-sex couples that purposefully drew a line of distinction between the citizens of Oklahoma.
It was also determined that the ban on same-sex marriage was irrational and had no basis in reason. The opposing opinions cited moral concerns and a worry that it would cause upheaval in the family structure. The court replied that this can’t possibly be the case because prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage Oklahoma boasted a consistently higher than average divorce rate among heterosexual couples and that moral disapproval is not a permissible justification for a law.
The court also found that objections regarding a same-sex couple’s inability to procreate “naturally” was not a sufficient reason to ban marriage, as there are numerous reasons that might prevent a heterosexual couple from procreating and is not a legal barrier to marriage, and thus is not a reasonable justification to prevent same-sex couples from marrying.
The court further found that denying same-sex couples the right to marry does nothing to promote stability in heterosexual parenting, and that refusing to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages performed in other states would do extensive harm to family units.
Current Legal Issues
Division of Property
Common Law Marriage
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