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Attorney General Scott Pruitt Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued this statement on the Supreme Court's refusal to hear Oklahoma's appeal in the same-sex marriage case.

"I am disappointed the Supreme Court chose not to grant a hearing of these cases. The states have long held primacy in determining what constitutes the definition of marriage. That is why the state, though not named in the lawsuit, filed 'friend of the court' briefs encouraging the Supreme Court to take up for review the case from Oklahoma. As recently as 2013, the Supreme Court in the Windsor case recognized that marriage is a state institution and that states in fact do have primacy in determining what constitutes the definition of marriage. That makes the decision today by the Supreme Court not to take up these cases for review even more troubling."

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