Days after one of their lawyers testified in support of Indiana’s proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an appeal of this week’s ruling in Oklahoma. The appeal was filed on behalf of the Tusla County Clerk’s Office.
Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith [PHOTO] filed the appeal Thursday with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, said Thursday. “We at Oklahomans for Equality are disappointed that tax payer dollars will continue to be used to fund something that is unconstitutional and has already been decided in multiple courts.” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione, representing Smith, issued a statement Tuesday stating in part that “Marriage expresses the truth that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life. Understanding that truth, the voters of Oklahoma approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.” The Alliance Defending Freedom defines itself as “an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.”
Alliance Defending Freedom made international headlines last year when one of their attorneys was sentenced to 40 years in prison for producing child pornography featuring her daughter. (Tipped by JMG reader Matthew)