Update: OK Appeal On Same Sex Marriage Ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to expedite Oklahoma's same-sex marriage appeal.
The order for the fast-tracked schedule comes two weeks after a federal judge in Tulsa ruled that Oklahoma's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The judge stayed his ruling pending an appeal, which means gay marriages still cannot happen for now.
The order said the appeals court will allow some crossover involving same-sex marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma. The same panel of judges will hear both cases, although the cases will be heard separately. A decision in one case could impact the other.
Since the case has been expedited, the appeals court does not want any parties to ask for extensions.
Utah's initial arguments are due February 3, 2014, and then Oklahoma's initial brief is due February 24, 2014.