Marriage has been permanently legalized in Oklahoma, and couples are now free to wed. The next steps in nearby states remain murky.
Today's ruling follows one that brought marriage equality to the state Friday, but it allows Republican legislative leaders to intervene and potentially appeal.
The request followed a statement by Alaska's governor, who vowed to defend the marriage ban.
After losing five times in state and federal courts attempting to defend Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Pam Bondi now wants the state Supreme Court to decide the issue.
Marriage has been permanently legalized in Virginia, and same-sex couples are now free to wed. Two nearby states have also embraced marriage equality.
'As Alaska’s governor, I have a duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution,' said Gov. Sean Parnell while promising to appeal a ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Antigay leader Tony Perkins calls same-sex marriage the 'evil bidding' of courts; Ted Olson counters as a strong voice for equality.