- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gay rights groups are planning celebrations across the state after a federal appeals court ruled Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Two separate rallies were planned Friday evening in Oklahoma City, with other events scheduled in Tulsa and Norman.

A “Decision Day Gathering” set for 7 p.m. Friday night at the Mayflower Congregational Church in northwest Oklahoma City was expected to draw hundreds of people.

One of the event’s organizers, Troy Stevenson of The Equality Network, says there is a tremendous sense of relief for members of Oklahoma’s gay and lesbian community, but he also noted the case ultimately must be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friday’s ruling was put on hold pending any appeal, which means gay marriages won’t immediately take place in Oklahoma.

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