- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is applauding a federal appeals court ruling that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same sex marriage.

Friday’s ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same sex marriages.

ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel says the ruling represents a strike against what he calls a system of irrational discrimination that has stood in the way of the rights of loving and committed couples and their families. He says the case represents a landmark that will be heralded for generations.

The 10th Circuit previously ruled that Utah’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional, joining an unbroken string of federal courts in striking down state bans on same sex marriages.

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