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By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times

For the second time, a federal appeals court panel in Denver has upheld same-sex marriage by striking down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage.

In the 2-1 ruling released Friday, a three-judge panel held in the Oklahoma case that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
The ruling comes after the same panel ruled June 25 that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Constitution — the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on gay marriage since the Supreme Court said a year ago that the federal government had to extend benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel put its Oklahoma and Utah rulings on hold pending an appeal. Utah’s attorney general has already announced that he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Though the cases were separate, the issue the court was asked to decide is essentially the same in each. Both cases revolve around lower federal court rulings that struck down state same-sex marriage bans approved by voters. The cases pit the constitutional rights of individuals to marry against the states’ view of what voters want.

Oklahoma’s ban was approved by 76 percent of the voters in 2004.

Photo: Susan Melkisethian via Flickr

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President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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