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Okla. lawmakers weigh in on same-sex ruling

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation are decrying a ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

In his ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern described Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage as ``an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.''

But some members of the state's congressional delegation blasted the ruling as overreaching and disappointing.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican, said Oklahoma's constitution ``protects the sovereignty of states, and with today's ruling, that right has clearly been violated.''

U.S. Rep. James Lankford, another Republican, said Kern's ruling is an example of ``why the American people are so frustrated with government and government officials; the people speak clearly but elected officials and judges ignore them.''

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