Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, slams marriage ruling
Mullin claims the judge’s decision violated the “sovereignty” of the state. “Oklahomans overwhelming voted nearly a decade ago to define in our state’s constitution that marriage is between one man and one woman,” he said in a press release.
Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law, allows states and tribes to ignore marriages that may not be legal in their jurisdictions. The Cherokee Nation, the largest tribe in the U.S., has banned same-sex marriages but the judge’s decision doesn’t appear to have an immediate affect on the tribe’s law.