Attorney General Scott Pruitt's statement on same-sex marriage ruling


    Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a statement on the Supreme Court's decision to not review marriage lawsuits. "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."

    The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages on Monday, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.

    The first same-sex couple applied for their marriage license in Oklahoma County.

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