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Gay marriage already legal in Oklahoma, but supporters say ruling expands rights of couples


OKLAHOMA CITY — Gay marriage already has been legal in all of Oklahoma's 77 counties, but supporters say the latest ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court expands the rights of married gay couples, especially when traveling to neighboring states.

In a 5-4 ruling on Friday, the nation's highest court ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, including the 14 states that have been enforcing bans like neighboring Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.

Gay marriage has been legal in Oklahoma since Oct. 6, but Tulsa civil rights attorney Mike Redman said that until Friday's decision some states were not required to recognize those marriages.

Redman added that there are no Oklahoma laws that protect gay people from discrimination in housing, employment or accommodations.

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