Supreme Court Will Consider Hearing Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 7:43 pm
By: News 9

The U.S. Supreme Court will discuss arguments on same-sex marriage.

The Justices will bring up the issue at the end of this month in a closed-door session, and Oklahoma will be in the middle of that discussion.

News 9 has exclusive poll numbers showing what Oklahomans hope the Court rules.

In July, the 10th Circuit Court ruled Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but the state appealed to the Supreme Court. Now, Oklahomans wait with hope and unconcern.

7/18/2014 Related Story: Court Rules Ban On Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Gay rights activists cheered after the 10th Circuit Court's ruling nearly two months ago. Something Freedom Oklahoma's Troy Stevenson considers just another step of progress.

"We need a national resolution and as soon as possible. They need to take it up in the next session," said Troy Stevenson with Freedom Oklahoma. "We need to know what will happen with this issue by June of next year."

Ten years ago, Oklahoma voters banned same sex marriage by nearly 76 percent.

With the Supreme Court now set to discuss taking on the issue, News 9 has exclusive poll numbers that show how Oklahomans want the Court to rule.

Fifty-seven percent believe the court should uphold the state's ban, while 32 percent favor the court ruling the ban unconstitutional. Ten percent were neutral on the issue.

8/20/2014 Related Story: Study: Same Sex Marriage Ban Costing Oklahoma Millions

“Well you'd have to remember that was a vote of the people where they went in and expressed their opinion," said Rep. Sally Kern (R) District 84. "This is a poll."

Rep. Kern believes the majority of not just Oklahomans but Americans feel what she calls "natural marriage" as best.

"I've never been one to be politically correct. I'd much rather be biblically correct," said Rep. Kern. "The Supreme Court can rule how it wants to rule. The supreme book has already made a ruling on this."

As the LBGT community continues it's national push for marriage equality, Stevenson argues it's the same in Oklahoma.

"We're honestly not looking at percentages at all," said Stevenson. "We're trying to win the hearts and minds of every Oklahoman, and I believe we are winning that battle."

According to a SCOTUSblog reporter, this is not a mandatory appeal for the court, and the court could deny review.

If the Supreme Court denies the review, then same-sex marriages will be allowed in Oklahoma based on the Circuit Court's ruling.