Ok Marriage Equality Lawsuit Meet & Greet

OKLAHOMA MARRIAGE EQUALITY LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS TO HIGHLIGHT MARCH 29 OKC MEET-AND-GREET, PRESS Q/A SESSION

Oklahoma City, OK, March 12, 2014 – Kindt Steven Myers, president of OKC Pride, announced today that the four women at the center of Oklahoma’s marriage equality lawsuit — Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Sue Barton and Gay Phillips – will attend a meet-and-greet, question-and-answer event on March 29, 2014, at Chi Gallery (2300 NW 17th St.) in Oklahoma City.

“It is expected that matters surrounding the state’s same-sex constitutional marriage ban will begin to move very quickly in the coming months,” Myers said, adding that the four women have agreed to serve as this year’s Pride 2014 Parade grand marshals. “That said, OKC Pride wants to do everything we can to create as much awareness as possible, and to aid in putting these four amazing civil rights pioneers out front at every opportunity.”

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a one-hour, press-only question-and-answer session. A meet-and-greet event will follow from 5-7 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event will be co-hosted by Cimarron Alliance Equality Center and The Gayly.

“We want everyone to be up to date on the very latest information surrounding this ground-breaking case,” Myers said. “Plus, this will be an excellent opportunity to get better acquainted with four ladies who, I suspect, will be judged by history as nothing short of heroes.”

Note to editors:

On Nov. 3, 2004, Oklahoma voters approved a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage in the state to opposite-gender couples. On Nov. 4, two Tulsa-area lesbian couples — Mary Bishop & Sharon Baldwin and Sue Barton & Gay Phillips — sued the state and federal governments for the right to marry and for recognition of the marriages of same-gender couples.

In the years since then, Sue and Gay have gotten married in both Canada and California. Together 29 years, they are now fighting for the right to have their marriage recognized by the state of Oklahoma. Mary and Sharon, who have been together 17 years, are still fighting for the right to marry in Oklahoma.

On January 14th, 2014, a U.S. Senior District Judge ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was immediately stayed, pending appeal.  

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OKC Pride Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, funded by community donations, membership dues and business sponsorship.

2014 Entertainment – Taylor Dayne

We are proud to announce that Taylor Dayne will perform as one of our entertainment headliners for 2014 Pride!

Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music’s most dynamic artists of all time. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums and produced 17 Top-20 singles, including such number-one hits as “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love To Me.”

During the course of her career, Taylor has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three Grammy nominations and appeared in many film, television and Broadway stage roles, including Elton John’s, “Aida.” Taylor is also considered a great songwriter, having co-penned Tina Turner’s hit, “Whatever You Want.”

2014 Entertainment – Martha Wash

We are proud to announce that Martha Wash will perform as one of our entertainment headliners for 2014 Pride!

Martha’s voice has dominated the airwaves, and her spirit and charisma have reached millions worldwide. She is responsible for some of the top-selling, most recognizable pop hits of the 80s and 90s. “It’s Raining Men,” the cult-pop classic, is still heard everywhere, including radio, movies and commercials.

“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was the highlight of C&C Music Factory’s career, and sold 5.5 million copies worldwide. Black Box’s album Dreamland featured four number-one Billboard dance singles and three Top-40 hits, including “Strike It Up,” which continues to receive massive airplay and is still heard at NFL and NBA games everywhere.

2014 Parade Grand Marshals

MARY BISHOP & SHARON BALDWIN, SUE BARTON & GAY PHILLIPS

On Nov. 3, 2004, Oklahoma voters approved a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage in the state to opposite-gender couples. On Nov. 4, two Tulsa-area lesbian couples — Mary Bishop & Sharon Baldwin and Sue Barton & Gay Phillips — sued the state and federal governments for the right to marry and for recognition of the marriages of same-gender couples.

In the years since then, Sue and Gay have gotten married in both Canada and California. Together 29 years, they are now fighting for the right to have their marriage recognized by the state of Oklahoma. Mary and Sharon, who have been together 17 years, are still fighting for the right to marry in Oklahoma.

On January 14th, 2014 a U.S. Senior District Judge ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. While this ruling was stayed immediately pending appeal, it is exciting forward progress that has been nine years in the making.

OKC Pride is excited to announce that these two very special couples will be joining us for our 2014 Pride Weekend festivities, and have agreed to serve as the Grand Marshals for the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 22nd!

This year promises more exciting Marriage Equality developments, and we want to honor these four women for the work they have done already, as well as the work that is still ahead for them in the appeals process. Thank you, ladies, and welcome to Oklahoma City!

Oklahoma marriage equality ruling statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jim Craig/405.596.9826

A STATEMENT FROM OKC PRIDE ON THE MATTER OF OKLAHOMA’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN BEING RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Oklahoma City, OK, January 14, 2013 – Kindt Steven Myers, president of OKC Pride, has issued the following statement:

“My fellow OKC Pride Board members and I couldn’t be happier about the news that a federal judge has ruled Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. While this is just the first step in what is certain to be a long and likely challenging journey, I am confident we will soon be able to count the Sooner State among those that have chosen to extend the same rights and privileges to all its citizens.

“And while it’s true that the ruling has been stayed pending appeal, there is no denying that there are many LGBT couples in Oklahoma who, for the first time, have hope that their love has just as much value and means just as much as their straight counterparts’.”

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 Note to editors: The purpose of OKC Pride is to promote and celebrate pride, diversity, equality and community (primarily related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) in central Oklahoma. The mission of the organization is to provide leadership to meet the needs of the LGBT community through awareness, health and educational services.

OKC Pride Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, funded by community donations, membership dues and business sponsorship.