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 House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee voted 5-3 on Tuesday for the “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act.” The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote.
The bill provides that any state or local employee who officially recognizes, grants or enforces a same-sex marriage license would no longer receive a state salary or pension.
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The House author of the bill, Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Sally Kern, says she believes the U.S. Supreme Court has overstepped its authority by forcing Oklahoma to recognize same-sex marriages.
Gay rights groups have called Kern’s bill discriminatory.
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