Federal Judge Terence Kern ruled this week that a 2004 Oklahoma state law, which bans gay marriage, was unconstitutional.
"The Court holds that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution," Judge Kern wrote on Tuesday, notes CNN.
James Williamson, the ex-lawmaker who wrote the Oklahoma ban on gay marriage that was approved by voters, wasn’t shocked by the judge's ruling.
“The federal courts have always taken a much more activist view of the constitution and so that was always a risk that they were going to see that,” Williamson told News on 6 (video below).
“Many people are very disappointed that states don’t have the right to decide such basic fundamental issues like who should be allowed to marry,” added Williamson. “I think what we did was the right thing back then and it’s the right thing right now.”
However, this is not the first time states have been denied the "right" to decide "who should be allowed to marry."
In 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down states' laws that had banned interracial marriage in the case Loving v. Virginia.
State Rep. Sally Kern, a longtime foe of gay rights, slammed the federal judge's ruling.
“Homosexuality is not a civil right," said State Rep. Sally Kern. "It’s a human wrong. Homosexuals are saying this is who we are, this is how we’re born. You tell a lie long enough, people start to believe it.”
Sources: Wikipedia, News on 6, CNN