Okla. state Senate approves anti-gay marriage resolution

Okla. state Senate approves anti-gay marriage resolution

OKLAHOMA CITY — A nonbinding resolution to reaffirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act has been approved in the Oklahoma Senate.

The resolution sponsored by Norman Republican Sen. Rob Standridge was quickly adopted Tuesday on a voice vote.

The House passed the resolution unanimously last week, but more than a dozen representatives walked out of the chamber instead of voting.

The bill does not have the force or effect of law. Its authors say it is meant to send a message to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments in two cases related to same-sex marriage rights.

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