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February 25, 2014

State fights against same-sex marriage

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers who are appealing a federal judge’s ruling that overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage said in a court filing Monday that legalizing gay marriage would harm children, undermine society and make traditional marriages unstable.

The Alliance Defending Freedom cited courts and anthropologists, saying children are better off in a home with a mother and a father. It said traditional couples would be less likely to marry, or stay together, if marriage became a genderless institution.

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled last month against Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith, whose office refused to grant a marriage license to two women. Monday’s appeal is the first step in the process ahead of an April 17 hearing before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

In its court filing Monday, Alliance said marriages should be about children, not adults.

Citing a court opinion from 1888, Alliance said marriage “is the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress.”

Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, who had applied for the marriage license, issued a statement saying Alliance’s brief relies “on outdated and debunked science as far as saying that children need both a mother and a father.”

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