Smith v. Bishop

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Description:  In 2009, two same-sex couples sued Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, after she declined to issue them marriage licenses because of the state’s marriage laws that affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

US Supreme Court holds off on taking up marriage issue

Monday, October 06, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday declining to hear cases involving marriage laws in several states, including petitions ADF attorneys filed in defense of Oklahoma’s and Virginia’s marriage laws:

“The court’s decision not to take up this issue now means that the marriage battle will continue. Several federal courts – including those in the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 11th circuits – still have cases working their way to the Supreme Court. ADF will continue to remain a leader in the critical effort for the freedom of the people. The people should decide this issue, not the courts.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Babione (BABB’-ee-ohn)

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Previous news releases:

  • 2014-08-06: ADF: US Supreme Court should uphold Oklahomans’ freedom to affirm marriage
  • 2014-07-18: 10th Circuit strikes down Okla. marriage amendment, clerk considering appeal
  • 2014-04-16: ADF: 10th Circuit should uphold right of Oklahomans to affirm marriage
  • 2014-02-25: County clerk asks 10th Circuit to uphold Okla. marriage amendment
  • 2014-01-14: Federal judge rules against Okla. marriage amendment

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