Stand with Plaintiffs in Oklahoma Fighting for Marriage!
This week, on Thursday, April 17, the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver will hear oral arguments in Bishop v. Smith, a federal lawsuit that seeks the freedom to marry in Oklahoma. The hearing, which begins at 10:00am Mountain Time, comes one week after oral arguments in a similar case, Kitchen v. Herbert out of Utah. Both cases entered into the appeals court with a victory at the district court under their belt.
The Oklahoma case, which had been pending for nearly ten years before the federal judge ruled in January that anti-marriage laws in OK are unconstitutional, and the Utah case could have far-reaching impact on the state of the freedom to marry in the country. The appeals will certainly impact marriage laws in both states, but they could also have a wider reach. Because the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals covers six states - Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming - a broader ruling could potentially impact these other four 10th Circuit states as well as UT and OK.
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