OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say a federal judge was wrong to overturn the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriages.
In a court filing Monday night, the Alliance Defending Freedom cites courts and anthropologists in saying children are better off in a home with a mother and a father. The group also says that the two women in Tulsa had no fundamental right to marry.
Supporters of a bond issue that funds shelters in schools will get their time in court tomorrow. Take Shelter Oklahoma hopes the State Supreme Court will reset a petition clock to get its measure on a future ballot.
Tulsa County is the latest county in Oklahoma to institute a burn ban. County Commissioners voted this morning to put the ban in place. It will be effective for seven days and will be reviewed next Monday.
Emergency management officials surveyed area fire departments for the last several days. Today, the results, along with the weather forecast determined that conditions were appropriate for a burn ban according to the guidelines for extreme fire dangers set out in state law.
LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded several more small earthquakes in Oklahoma.
Authorities say no injuries or damage are reported from quakes ranging from magnitude 2.2 to 3.5 that were recorded in Logan, Payne and Grant counties, although police in Stillwater say several residents called to report feeling the temblors.
The U.S.G.S. reports a magnitude 3.5 quake was recorded at 3:15 a.m. Sunday about 7 miles northwest of Langston and a 3.1 magnitude quake occurred at 9:11 p.m. Saturday about 3 miles southwest of Stillwater.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County authorities say a woman has been found dead in her cell in the Cleveland County jail.
Authorities say the woman had been arrested by Moore police for intoxication and placed in the cell where she was found unresponsive about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Her name and a suspected cause of death were not immediately released.
Her body has been sent to the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death.