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Marriage News Watch: March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015
Ted Ribey with the Clerk of District Court's office in Yellowstone County attaches a seal to the wedding license of Jill Houk and Randi Paul, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Billings, Mont. At least 5 other clerks in the county are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Texas is pushing a proposed law that would let the state overrule the Supreme Court. There's just one problem: they can't actually do that. ...

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Okla. Senate approves bill allowing clergy to refuse to officiate gay weddings

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Critics say the bill was a waste of lawmakers time because religious institutions are already protected under federal law from having to solemnize same-sex unions. ...

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Okla. House OKs bill shifting issuance of marriage licenses from state to clergy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Opponents say the bill is a reaction by lawmakers who disagree with a federal judge's decision to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Oklahoma lawmaker: ‘Gays don’t have a right to be served in every single store’

Monday, March 9, 2015
Joseph Silk
Oklahoma state Sen. Joseph Silk says LGBT activists do not want people to be able to exercise their religious convictions. ...

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Oklahoma House committee OKs bill protecting conversion therapy providers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Oklahoma
Legislation that would protect the practice of therapy that seeks to change people's sexual orientation or gender identity in Oklahoma was approved by a state House committee Tuesday. ...

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Okla. House panel OKs anti‑gay marriage bill that targets court clerks with job loss

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Judges or court clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would lose their jobs under a bill that has been approved by a House committee. The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote. ...

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Oklahoma House OKs bill protecting ministers who refuse same-sex marriages

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
The bill grants licensed ministers in the state immunity from any civil claim based on their refusal to recognize a marriage that violates the minister's "conscience or religious beliefs." ...

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Oklahoma bill would allow ministers to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Oklahoma
The bill states licensed ministers shall be immune from any civil claim based on their refusal to recognize any marriage that violates the minister's "conscience or religious beliefs." ...

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Marriage News Watch: February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015
AP
Marriage could be starting next week in Alabama – anti-gay officials are saying that they don’t have to let gay couples get married, but their reasoning isn’t exactly what you would call true. ...

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Oklahoma lawmaker withdraws anti-gay ‘license to discriminate’ bill

Friday, January 30, 2015
Sally Kern
An Oklahoma lawmaker who has introduced several anti-gay bills for the upcoming session is withdrawing one measure, widely criticized as a licensing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. ...

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