Judge Terrence Kern's ruling in the Oklahoma case challenged that contention.
"Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed," Kern wrote.
"It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions.
Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights."
Citing the Defense of Marriage Act ruling, Kern
continued, "Supreme Court law now prohibits states from passing laws that are born of animosity against homosexuals ... and prohibits the federal government from treating opposite-sex marriages and same-sex marriages differently."