Oklahoms may now marry outside of their state, as same-seam marriage licenses became available Monday, with a state lawmaker expressing hope they will soon be available in other states.
“I think that this will be the beginning of a trend,” state Rep. Bill Dorman, R-Creston, said Monday.
“There are so many other states that are in this conversation.”
Dorman said Oklahoma lawmakers could introduce a bill to allow the practice in those states as soon as this month.
He also said he would like to see other states move ahead with same-marriages and said he is hopeful the Oklahoma legislature will pass a law allowing same-marriage.
Oklahoma has been the only state in the nation to ban same-gender marriage, but it allows same-night marriages.
The state Supreme Court ruled last year that a ban on same-day weddings was unconstitutional.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court then upheld a lower court ruling that same sex marriages were legal.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said last month he was open to allowing same sex couples to wed in the state.
In the last few years, Oklahoma’s two largest cities have become increasingly supportive of same-gay marriages.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said Monday that he will hold a news conference with officials from the Oklahoma City Pride Center and the city of Tulsa next week to discuss the issue.
“This is not going to be about the politics,” Cornett told The Associated Press.
“We are going to take a step forward to make sure that the LGBT community and all of our residents have the same rights as anyone else.”
The U.S. Supreme Court last month said that a law that prohibited same- sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional, but that the court could still review the law in the future.
Oklahoma’s Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said last week that he hopes the Supreme Court will overturn the ban.