Okla. Appeals Court Upholds Gay Divorce Ruling

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The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals recently upheld the decision of a Tulsa County judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking a divorce between two women.

The decision by the three-judge panel affirms that the state's courts do not have the jurisdiction to grant same-sex divorces.

Legal Counsel Tim Tracey of the Alliance Defense Fund said the couple, who had obtained their marriage license in Canada, were seeking to perpetrate a fraud against the state of Oklahoma. He suggested the suit was nothing more than a backdoor attempt to get the state to recognize same-sex unions.

"If you look at this situation, it's almost absurd." Tracey told One News Now.

"What you have here is a fraudulent attempt to try to undermine the marriage amendment of Oklahoma that was passed by 76 percent of the voters," he explained. "So you have here a same-sex couple that alleged that they were married in Canada, but yet they could never even produce a marriage certificate."

Gay activists often seek same-sex divorce in states where they're looking to expand rights. Currently Oklahoma's constitution defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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