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Okla. state House approves resolution opposing same-sex marriage

Monday, April 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Weighing in on the recently energized debate around gay marriage, the Oklahoma House approved a resolution without opposition Monday to reaffirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The resolution, which passed 84-0, now heads to the Senate. Democratic House minority leader Scott Inman and the chamber’s lone openly gay member joined about a dozen other representatives who walked out of the chamber instead of voting.

The bill wouldn’t have the force of law if it also passes in the Senate, but the resolution’s authors said it was meant to send a message to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments on two cases related to same-sex marriage rights.

Obama declined to defend DOMA in one case, saying he believes it to be unconstitutional. The other case concerns California’s Proposition 8 that bans gay marriage, and the high court’s decision could potentially affect Oklahoma, where 76 percent of voters added a similar ban to the state’s constitution in 2004.

A decision on both is expected this summer, but remarks from some of the justices seemed to signal they agreed with Obama. Several U.S. senators, including two Republicans, have recently voiced their support for gay marriage.

Rep. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City, who is openly gay, walked out of the chamber when the vote was called, as did more than a dozen other Democrats. Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, and 13 other Democrats voted for the resolution.

In a brief interview after the vote, Floyd downplayed the role of her sexual orientation in her decision to walk out.

“When you do that, you give it credence, you give it some sort of credibility,” Floyd told The Associated Press, referring to a vote on the bill. “So my statement was going to be that no, I’m not going to be a co-author. I’m not going to have anything t o do with it.”

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34 more reader comments:

  1. Not exactly news…

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:25pm
  2. why do they bother? if the US Supreme Court does its job properly, it will nullify every state ban on same-sex marriage because it is a civil right and all the arguments against are religious which violates separation of church and state.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:25pm
  3. Stupid ass cunts

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:25pm
  4. Leave it to a hick state to be on the wrong side of history.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:26pm
  5. Come on June (?) SCOTUS decision.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:26pm
  6. can’t we divide this country up into red and blue states and be done with it?

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:26pm
  7. Is it June yet? damn it

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:27pm
  8. :/

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:28pm
  9. this really surprises anyone? hell Oklahoma itself is the cess pool of the mid west other than arkansas and kansas. I live here and even thought texas bans it Texas is 5xs better than Oklahoma. Course I could be biased since from Texas lol.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:28pm
  10. Who the hell wants to live in Oklahoma anyway?

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:28pm
  11. Oklahoma has a history of denying civil rights. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will do the right thing!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:31pm
  12. they better not have a national disaster I will never feel sorry for those people who live in that state.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:32pm
  13. This is also the same state that had an Anita Bryant day back in the 70s.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:33pm
  14. Woo hoo! Let’s all ensure that our fellow citizens aren’t treated the exact same as every other citizen!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:34pm
  15. Just because they vote for idiots doesn’t mean they are idiots.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:34pm
  16. It truly is disgusting. 1 Samuel 18 defines marriage as being between a man and a man!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:35pm
  17. Smh …

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:35pm
  18. Really!!??!
    What can be expected from a bunch of “Okie’s”???

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:36pm
  19. Oh god anita bryant friggin’ jackass. she should go squeeze some more oranges that’s all she good for

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:36pm
  20. It really will take the US Supreme Court to free the oppressed souls of places like Oklahoma. Article III of the 14th Amendment applies to everyone from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida, and the oppressed of Oklahoma lie somewhere in between there.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:42pm
  21. Come on SCOTUS!!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:47pm
  22. Oklahoma is a little slow anyway …

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:57pm
  23. Dumb Okies

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:57pm
  24. funny because there are more gay and lesbians here than most think….

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:57pm
  25. Oh Oklahoma- Why must you shame me every time???

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:04pm
  26. There are a lot of bright people from Oklahoma. They moved the Hell out of the state as soon as they could. Being from Oklahoma, many there sure pride themselves on being backward and ignorant.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:17pm
  27. Im ready to move out of this state….cant do it…just cant

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:35pm
  28. And this is suprising how….?

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:36pm
  29. Meh, Indiana is doing the same thing, as well as closing every abortion clinic, most planned parenthoods, and undoing the good that their anti-discrimination laws did for less than a decade. It’s a race. Indiana and Oklahoma .. Race to the bottom.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:16pm
  30. Texas is doing a lot of the same shit.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:35pm
  31. Do not like!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:31pm
  32. Oklahoma when are you going to enter this century instead of being stuck in the Dark Ages.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 8:10pm
  33. But, that is in the OLD Testament and not a marriage of David and Jonathan. Besides, David who is mentioned in that chapter ended up having several wives. Jonathan’s sister was David’s wife for a while, too.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 8:36pm
  34. I am living back in Tulsa, Oklahoma now. But, I did leave Tulsa and Oklahoma behind to get out of the proverbial homosexual closet in March 1984. I lived in the city of Los Angeles (actually N. Hollywood) for almost 8 years.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 8:41pm