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Oklahoma Republicans are fighting the legalization of marriage equality in their state with a number of bills restricting same-sex or atheist couples from being able to wed.
The Daily Oklahoman reported that, under one bill submitted by state Rep. Todd Russ (R), only “an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination” would be allowed to sign marriage certificates.
The measure, House Bill 1125, would bar county judges from performing weddings, and local clerks would not be allowed to issue marriage licenses. Couples are also allowed to file affadavits for common law marriages if they do not want their weddings performed by a church official. However, as KSWO-TV reported, Oklahoma does not currently recognize common law marriages.
“Bills like this aren’t really about religious freedom, but about control,” the statement read. “Russ and his allies in the legislature want to legally enforce a definition of marriage that has spiritual significance to them, and they find the idea that marriage means other, equally important things to different people intolerable. State legislatures, however, don’t exist to pass doctrinal mandates.”
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: olaru12
Jebus H Christ, why do people still want to be on the other side of this?
Let them get married!
Legislating morality...now that's a good idea!
originally posted by: Quantum_Squirrel
This comment will be unpopular, i am an atheist before i speak
This actually makes more sense to have atheists included , same sex because its not approved of in close minded ancient religions
why does it have to be marriage? why not civil partnerships , state marriage's etc ...
If they say no on the grounds that is against their Religion then surely not believing in the religion at all should also barr someone? under the same grounds?
I am not in favor of this but i am gonna play devils advocate on the church side with this one..
It makes more sense than most of the arguments made previously.
There is no greater force than an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo
That being said...I still reserve the right to find the idea of two men together in a sexual way disgusting.
Looks like the State Legislators are just satisfying the voters ?
“Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage, and yet the Supreme Court stuck it down our throats,” Russ said, referring to the high court’s decision last October not to intervene after a federal court judge struck down Question 711.
Voters approved the marriage equality ban at the polls in November 2004, but District Court Judge Terence C. Kern criticized it as being “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.”
Maybe some "officials" think it would be against their freedom of religion ?
Russ said the bill was designed to protect officials from being put in a position where they had to condone same-sex marriages.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: Quantum_Squirrel
The Government, created a service, called marriage. It provides benefits to people who enter into this contract, or service with the state and or Fed Gov.
Under US law, without any kind of SCOTUS ruling or anything, the gov CANNOT discriminate against people when it comes to Services offered by said government.
If they want to keep offering Marriage, and collecting their taxes and giving benefits etc, then they have NO choice to allow any law abiding, consenting party of two adults, to participate.
Regardless of religion, gender or sexual orientation.
So it does need to be called the same thing, because you are accessing a government service.
originally posted by: CranialSponge
These people are slowing chipping away at your freedoms... Even when they're not succeeding in getting their theocratic laws passed, they continue to succeed by clogging up the pipelines (as one other poster pointed out) which results in your country falling behind other 1st world nations when it comes to progressing forward in a 21st century world.