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Okla. Church To Host Engagement Party For All Same-Sex Couples

| by Allison Geller

A Tulsa, Oklahoma church is celebrating the recent federal ruling upholding the legality of same-sex marriage by hosting an engagement party for same-sex couples throughout the sate.

All Souls Unitarian Church senior minister Marlin Lavanhar called last week’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban "pro-family, pro-children and pro-justice."

"This decision should be celebrated by All Americans and religious people. No majority vote should be able to deny a minority the equal rights guaranteed by our Constitution," Lavanhar told local TV station News on 6.

For the moment, same-sex couples are still not allowed to wed—U.S. District Judge Terence Kern stayed his ruling pending appeal, so the legal battle is still not quite finished. Republican State Rep. Mike Turner has filed legislation for a second vote on the same-sex marriage ban. The first ban was approved by voters in 2004—and struck down by Judge Kern last week. While public support for gay marriage may be on the rise, there are still many staunch opponents among the public and legislature.

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Nevertheless, the church has invited all same-sex couples waiting to marry, as well as friends of the LGBT community and ministers interested in performing marriage rights, to the church on Feb. 12 for a Valentine’s Day celebration of future nuptials.

Sources: News on 6, United Press International, Oklahoma Gazette