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Oklahoma House Democrats Walk Out on 84-0 Vote Affirming 'One Man One Woman' Marriage, DOMA: VIDEO


The Oklahoma House yesterday voted 84-0 in favor of a resolution backing one man-one woman marriage but not before half of the chamber's 29 Democrats walked out instead of voting.

The resolution's sponsor State Rep. Bob Cleveland told KOCO: "There's been a few emails saying that I'm spewing hate. I didn't say anything about hate. There's no hate in there at all."

He can't understand why anybody might have walked out.


The AP adds:

Oklahoma state Rep. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City, who is openly gay, walked out of the chamber when the vote was called, as did more than a dozen other Democrats. State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, and 13 other Democrats voted for the resolution.

In a brief interview after the vote, Floyd said she walked out rather than vote on the resolution because when you vote "you give it credence, you give it some sort of credibility. So my statement was going to be that no, I'm not going to be a co-author. I'm not going to have anything to do with it."

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  1. I don't understand the upshot here. Can the vote take place without half the state house? Can it pass? Did it pass?

    Posted by: mvecera | Apr 10, 2013 12:46:25 PM

  2. Disgusting Republicans.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 10, 2013 12:50:24 PM

  3. If the Republicans are going to push through anti-gay legislation and the numbers are so that they'll pass it no matter what, it's much stronger symbolically for equality-supporting legislators to make a dramatic gesture and stand for equality rather than just letting the news media rush over the story by just stating there was a 84-29 vote. If the GOP is going to continue to be hateful bigots, then rub their noses in it-- don't pretend like it's some respectable common vote.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Apr 10, 2013 12:50:35 PM

  4. "I'm not a bigot, I have several (insert oppressed group here) friends" should be their new slogan.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 10, 2013 12:55:46 PM

  5. Oklahoma, where the hate come sweeping down the plains!

    Posted by: UDontKnow | Apr 10, 2013 1:02:42 PM

  6. He says that he doesn't know why they didn't vote? Way to be a politician and beat around the bush...

    Posted by: | Apr 10, 2013 1:08:08 PM

  7. "I just don't understand it ... why there's no hate in this bill."

    Stoopid & brazen.

    Hear this SCOTUS ? This is the answer to your 'falling over themselves' to show support for protection of the LBGT community against hatred and bigotry.

    The Oklahoma senates action reflects perfectly how we're so politically powerful that our civil rights don't need federal scrutiny.

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 10, 2013 1:09:57 PM

  8. Another waste of taxpayer's money! Why aren't they working on creating jobs? This is GREAT fuel for their opponents in the next election!!!

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Apr 10, 2013 1:40:24 PM

  9. I guess it doesn't matter much either way, since the measure would have won overwhelmingly with or without the dissenting Democrats. But does the leader of the walkouts really believe that by voting no on the bill, she would have been giving the bill credibility, and, even, stranger, she'd be considered a co-author of it? I thought no means no, and I don't see how voting no would be construed as co-authoring the bill. Seems marginally better to show there are at least a few decent legislators in Oklahoma rather than handing the bad guys a unanimous victory.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 10, 2013 1:47:34 PM

  10. Anything good in Oklahoma was sucked away by tornados years ago, leaving only dirt, detritus, ignorance and idiots.

    Posted by: StevyD | Apr 10, 2013 1:50:14 PM

  11. @Brian

    Just voting "no" would have been business-as-usual and would have implied that this was just another vote, ho hum. Standing up and walking out not only garners more news coverage, it's also a strong statement that people are starting to say "we're not putting up with this sh*t anymore." It was exactly the right thing to do in this case.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Apr 10, 2013 2:22:57 PM

  12. I hope all you self loathing, moronic gay Republicans are taking note again of which party HATES you !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Apr 10, 2013 2:38:26 PM

  13. So, will this be "one man, one woman, and only one marriage"? Or, will it be "one man, one woman, and get married and divorced and remarried as many times as you like"?


    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 10, 2013 3:10:45 PM

  14. Same-sex marriage and any similar unions are prohibited by Oklahoma statute AND the Oklahoma Constitution. So they really need to pass this a third time??

    Posted by: Bill S. | Apr 10, 2013 6:09:57 PM

  15. I've spent time in Oklahoma.

    I think I spent enough time already in Oklahoma. Shame on people who supported this measure of hatred!

    (I know many people in that state are good people..... It's just that they are a minority there....)

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Apr 10, 2013 9:43:26 PM

  16. We are in a civil war - the faster you wrap your head around that fact, the more power we have to combat this.

    Posted by: Richard Cox | Apr 11, 2013 2:46:18 AM

  17. A bit over half of the Democrats walked out - the rest stayed and voted for the resolution.

    Democrats are Republicans in drag.

    After 17 years the Democrats still refuse to repeal Bill Clintons DOMA and to enact ENDA.

    Democrats, as a party, are bigots.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 11, 2013 6:27:28 AM

  18. Please remember OK birthed the Senator who told a reporter that the gun legislation in the Senate had nothing to do with the New Town families duped by Obama.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Apr 11, 2013 8:27:59 AM

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