By Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is honoring two gay couples at the center of a potentially landmark gay rights case that challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Susan Barton, and Gay Phillips will receive the ACLU of Oklahoma’s Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award during a reception Saturday at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

The four women filed the lawsuit in 2004 after Oklahoma voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. They contend the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment.

A federal judge in January ruled in favor of the couples, but the decision was stayed while the case is being appealed.

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