Mary Fallin has given a new life to a marriage license that was suspended when her predecessor issued a ruling that ruled the practice was unconstitutional.
The law’s supporters hailed the governor’s decision as a victory.
Oklahoma will be the only state to have a full repeal of the gay marriage ban.
Fallin, a Democrat, said her decision came because the state can no longer stand by as states across the country refuse to allow same-sex marriages.
She called on her fellow Republicans to do the same and said she was “absolutely committed” to repeal.
The state’s marriage license law was suspended after a judge ruled that it was unconstitutional on Feb. 1.
That same day, the state Supreme Court issued a decision that invalidated Oklahoma’s previous ban.
The Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sport marriages is unconstitutional, and the state has appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Oklahoma has seen a surge in same-gender marriage over the last few years, with at least one of the largest counties in the state having a same-gay marriage ceremony.
On Thursday, the U,S.
Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the state’s ban is constitutional, and a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in April.
Oklahoma Gov.-elect Mary Fallis announces that she will repeal the state-wide ban on gay marriage, March 24, 2017, in Tulsa, Okla.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Fallin said she made the decision to revoke the license because she believed the state should not continue to stand by, as the Supreme Court had previously said that the ban on marriage was unconstitutional, according to the Associated Press.
“The state should stand by the Supreme Law of the Land,” Fallin told reporters after signing the new marriage license.
“I am going to stand for the sanctity of marriage, and that’s what I believe, and I will continue to fight for the right of all Oklahomans to be able to get married.”
Fallin and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced that the governor has ordered the repeal of her law.
The repeal comes on the heels of a ruling by a federal judge in Oklahoma City, which had upheld a ban on transgender individuals in the military.
Oklahoma’s Supreme Court earlier this month overturned the ban, but that ruling was not overturned by the federal courts.
Oklahoma is one of more than 30 states that allow samesex couples to marry, and Oklahoma City’s ruling has prompted several states to follow suit.
Oklahoma Attorney Attorney General Mike Hunter announced on Thursday that his office would begin enforcing the repeal on April 1, as soon as the state legislature clears the way.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has also said that his city will begin enforcing its ban on the same-day marriage.