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Oklahoma Lawyers Launch Coalition Group in Support of Marriage Equality

The Associated Press reports that some 85 attorneys from across Oklahoma are joining a coalition in support of marriage equality.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 5.56.31 PMThe group Oklahoma Lawyers for Marriage is launching its website on Monday and supports the idea that all marriages should be legally recognized.

One of the attorneys is Democratic state Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman who says she's joining the coalition because she believes marriage equality is "a matter of fairness under the law."

In January, a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. That case is currently before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals awaiting further ruling. 


Sally 'Gays are Worse than Terrorists' Kern's Husband Hopes to Join Her in the Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoma Rep. Sally "gays are worse than terrorists" Kern's husband wants to join her in the legislature, the AP reports:

KernA familiar name is on the ballot in a Republican primary for the open Senate District 40 seat in northwest Oklahoma City that includes portions of Nichols Hills, Bethany, The Village and Warr Acres. Steve Kern, a 67-year-old evangelical pastor, is the husband of state Rep. Sally Kern, who made national headlines in 2008 when she said homosexuals pose a greater threat to the country than terrorism.

A vocal critic of gay marriage, Steve Kern didn't distance himself from his wife's comments, saying that "they were true in the sense that the (gay) agenda was more stealthy than the terrorists' agenda."

In a separate incident two years ago, Sally Kern was reprimanded and delivered an apology on the House floor after denigrating blacks and women during debate on an affirmative action bill.

Kern has five other Republican competitors in the June 24 primary.

Also in Oklahoma's primary is Paula Sophia, a 48-year-old transgender Army combat veteran and ex-police officer. Sophia is running for the open House District 88 seat in central Oklahoma City and would be Oklahoma's first transgender elected official if she won.


Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Thinks Gays Should Be Stoned to Death: VIDEO

EskA tea-party candidate for the Oklahoma State House District 91 is in the news today for controversial statements made on social media in support of Old Testament-style punishment for homosexuality.

Scott Esk, who prides himself on being “100% Traditional Family Values,” started throwing out Bible verses on Facebook last July after a friend posted a link to an article about Pope Francis saying “Who am I to judge gay people?”

Esk quotes Leviticus 20:13, the “if a man who lies with a man they shall be put to death” verse, adding that “If men wink at such perversions, God may have no choice than to judge such nations with calamities.”

When asked by the friend to clarify if he really thought gays should be put to death by stoning, Esk responds:

“I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

And in a follow-up interview with The Moore Daily yesterday, Esk made it clear his views haven’t changed. You can listen to that interview, HERE.

(via Firebrand Progressives)


Documentary Takes Aim At LGBT Prejudice, HIV/AIDS Awareness In American Heartland: VIDEO

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"Broken Heart Land," a new documentary airing this month on World Channel's program American ReFramed, invests in an in-depth look at one teen's story in order to shed light on LGBT prejudice and a lack of awareness of HIV/AIDS in middle America. Focused on Oklahoman teenager Zack Harrington, who took his life in 2010, "one week after attending a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month," the documentary seems to be an emotional and intimate look at the way tragedies deeply impact the communities in which they occur.

HuffPost reports:

"Even though we live in a slightly more progressive world where gay rights issues and HIV/AIDS education have made notable strides in many large cities, Zack's tragic story is representative of hundreds of young gay teens all over Bible Belt, conservative small towns across America who are still wrestling with feelings of shame," [directors] Jeremy and Randy Stulberg said in a statement. "We hope that through the film we will be able to start a dialogue across the country in the same way that the Harringtons have done in Norman, Oklahoma and hopefully prevent future suicides from teens in smaller towns who may feel hopeless."

You can watch the documentary on World Channel when it airs on June 24th, or catch its world premiere at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, June 21st.

For now, check out the highly emotional trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Freedom to Marry Launches TV Ad in Oklahoma to Build Support for Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Starting today, Freedom to Marry will be running a week-long television ad in Oklahoma as litigants await a ruling in the challenge to the state’s gay marriage ban currently in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Politco reports:

The ad is part of a larger effort to influence popular opinion around greater acceptance for gay marriage as the 10th Circuit and dozens of other cases around the country pend, with the hopes of eventually returning to the Supreme Court for a broader legalization ruling. And it plays heavily on biographical and family values appeals in the deep-red state.

Watch the 30 second spot, AFTER THE JUMP

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17 Killed in Central U.S. Tornado Strikes, Drone Footage Shows Widespread Destruction: VIDEO

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At least 17 people have been killed following a series of massive tornadoes that ripped through Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday.

Reunters reports:

Arkansas authorities said at least 10 people had died in Faulkner and six more across the state - the first reported fatalities of this year's tornado season. Another person was killed in neighboring Oklahoma, said the sheriff's department.

Searchers were continuing to dig through rubble in Vilonia and a spokesman for the County Sheriff's office said there was a "mass casualty situation".

"An entire neighborhood of 50 or so homes has been destroyed. Many homes are completely gone except the foundation ... There is more devastation like this in other parts of Arkansas," state congressman Tim Griffin told Reuters.

Stormchaser Brian Emfinger was also able to shoot aerial drone footage of the tornado’s destructive aftermath in Mayflower, Arkansas.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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