Lawyer: Same-sex marriage appeals to be filed in next few months

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An attorney representing the Tulsa County court clerk over a federal judge's ruling that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional says arguments for the appeal will likely be filed in the next few months.

Jim Campbell is a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing clerk Sally Howe Smith. Campbell says lawyers for Smith will file briefs explaining the reasoning for the appeal once the court sets a schedule. He anticipates the briefs being filed in one to two months.

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday struck down Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, but stayed the effects of his ruling anticipating an appeal.

Smith was named as a defendant in the case after she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.

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