In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern criticized a law that was approved by voters in 2004 in this conservative state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt.
described the gay marriage ban as "an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit."
The Oklahoma ruling comes about a month after a federal judge in Utah overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Hundreds of couples got married there before the U.S. Supreme Court
intervened, putting a halt to the weddings until the courts sort out the matter.
cited that case in issuing the stay of his