Celebrating today's gay marriage decision California same-sex couples, who married then saw their unions invalidated by Proposition Eight, are thrilled with the ruling.
Talking with Linda Cavanaugh today was Robert McCampbell. He was in our studio to help us sort out what this all means; especially in Oklahoma. He is former U.S. Attorney and lawyer.
He says that the ban on gay marriage in Oklahoma in 2004 will not be invalidated by today's Supreme Court ruling. He does say that legal challenges are expected in Oklahoma and in other states.
Linda asked him the following questions of which he answered in the video above:
1. Back in 2004 Oklahoman’s voted to ban gay-marriage in our state. Does today's ruling change that ban?
2. Let’s take a look at a response today from Governor Mary Fallin. In part she says, "I do not and will not support expanding the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples." In reality, won't we see an immediate legal challenge to our state's same-sex marriage ban?
3. Now let’s talk about the other ruling that gives same-sex couples federal benefits. The woman who filed this court-case was facing huge estate taxes when her partner died. Taxes she would have avoided if her partner was a man. How will things change for her and others?
4. You say this case turns on what you think is 'traditional' when it comes to marriage. Why is this word "traditional" so controversial in a legal sense?
5. If an Oklahoma couple marries in a state that allows it, but lives here, where it's not allowed, can they still get federal benefits?
6. Opponents of same-sex marriage have said that they remain hopeful that they can mount a political comeback. We saw that happen with abortion in Roe v. Wade; your thoughts?