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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6, 2014

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Democratic Party (ODP) Chairman Wallace Collins today released the following statement in response to United States Supreme Court’s decision to reject the appeal of a lower court ruling striking down Oklahoma’s unconstitutional provision defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman and Governor Mary Fallin’s hateful response.

“Mary Fallin has the audacity to talk about the will of the people…she championed and signed a law that denied Oklahomans the power to set and raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma City and Tulsa even when eighty percent of Oklahomans supported raising the minimum wage. Mary Fallin was cheering when the Supreme Court was attacking the Affordable Healthcare Act…now she calls them activist judges. Mary Fallin claims to support freedom and love liberty…except for those who don’t subscribe to her radical ideology.

“Despite the efforts of Governor Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahomans now have the basic right to wed whom they want..the people they love. Let’s hope they will not waste anymore tax dollars on frivolous lawsuits.

“Mary Fallin is on the wrong side of history. She likes to say that ten years ago Oklahomans spoke very clearly on the issue of marriage equality, but since then America and Oklahoma have changed dramatically. Legal recognition should not change at a state border.  This is not a states’ rights issue, it is a United States citizenship issue, a human rights issue, allowing for two people in love to marry the person of their choice, not having government tell them whom to love or whom they can marry.

“The people of Oklahoma will be forever changed by this moment in history. I am happy to stand on the side of progress and with every Oklahoman who loves freedom and liberty.”

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