OKLAHOMA CITY – Celebrations are underway tonight after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oklahomans ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
While the ruling doesn’t yet allow same-sex couples to wed, supporters say it’s a step in the right direction.
Freedom Oklahoma held a rally in support of Friday’s ruling at Mayflower Congregational Church. They are United Church of Christ and support gay marriage.
Many couples that attended say it meant the world to them to celebrate at church because so many say their love is an abomination in the eyes of God.
Steph Waller and Lynette Erwin say today they are one step closer to making their union official.
“We’ve done everything married couples do,” says Waller. “I just want to get the piece of paper in the file cabinet and get it done and get on with our marriage.”
15 years together, they say they’ve waited on pins and needles for the opportunity to take their relationship to the next level, to marriage.
Waller says, “We’ve been saying all along it could be today, it could be today!”
Erwin says, “When that decision came down she actually asked me to marry her!”
But this fight isn’t over. Waller and Erwin cannot legally marry in Oklahoma just yet, which to some may be discouraging.
“I’m the glass half full kind of person,” says Erwin. “In fact this glass is more than half full. This glass is about 3 quarters full now.”
Waller says, “The wheels move slowly but they move.”
They both say they know now not everyone is against their union, but now they wait to hear it from the highest court in the land.
“If we have them saying that then that’s the final word,” says Erwin.
Waller says, “What I’m looking forward to is being as equal as everybody else in this country.”
We also reached out to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. They do not feel the same way as Mayflower Congregational Church.
They released a statement Friday that reads:
“Today’s ruling is not at all surprising – but it is still highly disappointing. As I have said in the past, only the union between a man and a woman brings forth children. Furthermore, every child has a father and a mother and deserves to know and relate to them whenever possible. Marriage – properly understood – facilitates this. We continue to pray that our society at large will recover this original understanding of marriage – and, in a particular way, we pray for the nine Supreme Court justices, who will presumably eventually decide the legal definition of marriage in the United States. It is our hope that, when the time comes, they will be prepared to affirm the sacred and unalterable truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.” -Archbishop Paul Coakley