TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern, who once called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” decried a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
“Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong,” Kern told KOTV on Wednesday.
“Homosexuals are saying, ‘This is who we are. This is how we’re born.’ You tell a lie long enough, people start to believe it,” she said.
In his ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern (no relation to Sally 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.”
Rep. Sally Kern was joined by members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, who blasted the ruling as overreaching and disappointing.
Article continues belowU.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 the 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.”
Also weighing in was The Most Reverend Paul Coakley, the archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, who said he was “profoundly disappointed” in the ruling, and said it “thwarts the common good.”