Fallin: Marriage Still Only Between a Man and Woman in Oklahoma
Today's Supreme Court rulings do not change the definition of marriage in Oklahoma, state officials said.The nation's high court overturned the part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied benefits to same-sex couples in states where their marriages were legally recognized.The court also declined to rule on California's Prop 8 that banned same-sex marriages basically leaving in place a lower court ruling over-turning the law. In both cases, the court's rulings allowed states to decide how to define marriage. "The Court's decisions confirmed that it is up to the states to decide how to define marriage, not the federal government," Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. "As a result, Oklahoma's constitutional provision that defines marriage in Oklahoma as between a man and a woman remains valid."Governor Mary Fallin says she is opposed to changing the way Oklahoma defines marriages."When given the opportunity to vote on the issue, seventy-five percent of Oklahoma voters supported a constitutional amendment declaring that 'marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman,'" Fallin said."Like the vast majority of Oklahomans, I support traditional marriage. I do not and will not support expanding the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples."