Oklahomans react to legalization of same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON D.C. -- History was made at the Supreme Court on Friday, June 26, 2015.

A divided court ruled that same-sex couples have the legal right to marry in all 50 states.

"This is the third major civil rights case that has come down in June 26th. So we were fairly certain it was going to happen today, but there was still that rush of emotion," Troy Stevenson with Freedom Oklahoma said.

Couples from states where same-sex marriage had not yet been legalized held ceremonies outside the Supreme Court.

The Ohio man whose case the justices decided, declared Americans can drop the term "gay marriage."

"From this day forward, it will simply be marriage," Jim Obergefell said.

Same-sex opponents say they will now try to fight and eventually overturn this U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

However, polls show that most Americans now believe everyone has the right to marry.

There was a rally at the Equality Center in Oklahoma City Friday night in support of the Supreme Court decision.

More than 100 people showed up to talk about the history victory for them and the long fight they had for the Supreme Court decision, as well as their joy that their marriages will now be recognized across the country.

"My reaction is total jubilation and relief and joy," Rev. T Sheri Dickerson, with the Church of the Open Arms, said. "Equality is evolving. It is coming full circle. It means that forgiveness heals. It means that love wins."

One Oklahoma couple cried tears of joy when they heard the decision.

"I've been teary-eyed all day. It means a lot," Pam Workman, partner of Lisa Harvey, said.

"It means love wins. It doesn't matter who you love, or where you love, or why you love, love wins," Harvey said.

Others are disappointed about the ruling.

"While we disagree with this court ruling and find it disappointing, at the same time it's not surprising we've seen large parts of the culture of this country moving away from the christian view of marriage," Brian Hobbs, with the Oklahoma Baptist Convention, said.

U.S. Senator James Inhoffe expressed his disappointment in a statement:

"It is unfortunate that the court took it upon itself to decide for the people what was being debated and decided in the states through the democratic process."

While supporters of Friday's decision celebrate a victory, they say the fight is not over.

 

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