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Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, slams marriage ruling





Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Cherokee Nation, is criticizing a federal judge who invalidated Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage.

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in US v. Windsor, held that Section 3 of the law, which purported to define marriage as a union between "one man" and "one woman," was unconstitutional.

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