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04/19/2007


Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Proposes Banning All Marriages to Keep Gay Marriage Out: VIDEO

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Oklahoma Rep. Mike Turner is proposing a bill that would prevent the state from recognizing any marriages as a response to a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban earlier this month.

KWTV reports:

Turner says it's an attempt to keep same-sex marriage illegal in Oklahoma while satisfying the U.S. Constitution. Critics are calling it a political stunt while supporters say it's what Oklahomans want. "[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all," Turner said.

Other conservative lawmakers feel the same way, according to Turner.

"Would it be realistic for the State of Oklahoma to say, ‘We're not going to do marriage period,'" asked News 9's Michael Konopasek.

"That would definitely be a realistic opportunity, and it's something that would be part of the discussion," Turner answered.

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Oklahoma's Sally Kern: 'Homosexuality is Not a Civil Right. It's a Human Wrong' — VIDEO

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The author of Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban and the state's most anti-gay lawmaker spoke out about a federal judge's ruling on Wednesday striking down the ban.

Said James Williamson:

"I was obviously disappointed, but not totally surprised. The federal courts have always taken a much more activist view of the constitution and so that was always a risk that they were going to see that."

Also speaking out is Sally "gays are worse than terrorists" Kern.

"Homosexuality is not a civil right. It's a human wrong...Homosexuals are saying this is who we are. This is how we're born. You tell a lie long enough, people begin to believe it."

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin 'Troubled' by Judge's Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released a statement regarding Judge Terence Kern's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

FallinSaid Fallin:

"In 2004, the people of Oklahoma voted to amend the state's constitution to define marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman.’ That amendment passed with 75 percent support. The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma's voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge's ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government."


Satanic Statue Proposal For Oklahoma State Capitol Revealed, Controversy Just Beginning

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We previously reported on their funding efforts (and their disdain for the Westboro Baptist Church), and now they've delivered. The Satanic Temple, a Satanist group based out of New York, has revealed a design of a 7-foot statue, including a pentagram, a "goat-headed Baphomet," and two children looking on, which would join an already-constructed monument commemorating the Ten Commandments on the lawn of Oklahoma's state capitol.

The Oklahoma legislators approved the privately-funded Ten Commandments statue in 2009, a move that was immediately faced with an ACLU lawsuit. Incidentally, the lawsuit, which hopes to remove the Ten Commandments statue, now stands in the way of approval for the Satanists and other groups: the Oklahoma City Preservation Committee voted to ban construction of new monuments on capitol grounds until a judge rules on the case.

Philly.com reports on the Satanist statue controversy:

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” said spokesman Lucian Greaves. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”...

"Either way you cut it, this is a First Amendment issue," Greaves said. "Once they open that door, they can't discriminate."...

Greaves assured the Satanists’ monument would be “in good taste and consistent with community standards.”

He also noted that there were a surprising amount of Oklahomans interested in constructing the statue. Still, state legislators have decided that the Satanists may not build their statue alongside the Ten Commandments, though their decision is moot until the ACLU lawsuit is up.

Lucian Greaves summed up the importance of Satanism, and its deserved place alongside the capitol, eloquently:

“Medieval witch-hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence, secular law, and a more substantive burden of proof,” he said.

“Today, we are rightly offended by the notion of blasphemy laws and divine fiats. Acknowledging wrongful persecutions has helped shape the legal system that preserves the sovereignty of our skeptics, heretics, and the misunderstood. It has shaped a proud culture of tolerance and free inquiry. This is to be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority, and the unjustly outcast.”

What do you think of the Satanist statue?


Oklahoma Gay Couple Still Waiting For Hearing Date Nine Years After Challenging Gay Marriage Ban

Bishop and Baldwin

When the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of DOMA earlier this year, that should have instigated progress for the lawsuit filed by two gay couples in Oklahoma challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Predictably, Oklahoma is still stalling, nine years after the lawsuit was first filed, and the Tulsa court is refusing to issue a hearing date for Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin. U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern (no relation to the reprehensible state Rep. Sally Kern) is charged with overseeing the case and has apparently been unresponsive to Bishop and Baldwin's lawyer and didn't respond to a call from the Associated Press.


Group Responsible For Westboro 'Pink Mass' Raises Funds For Satanic Monument at Oklahoma Capitol

The New York-based Satanic Temple that held a "pink mass" over the grave of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelp's mother to turn her "gay for all eternity" has started a $20,000 IndieGogo campaign to place a Satanic Monument near the Oklahoma capitol to compliment the Ten Commandments monument currently on the north lawn.

CapsatAccording to the campaign page:

The existing Ten Commandments monument, donated to the Capitol Preservation Commission in 2009 by Mike Ritze, a representative of the Oklahoma State Legislature and ordained Southern Baptist Deacon, has raised the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who filed suit in August of 2013, noting that, “the monument stands alone, with no other monuments or memorials in the immediate vicinity.” Also of concern to the ACLU is the “self-evidently exclusive” religious message “that supports and endorses the faiths and creeds of some churches and sects.” We believe that in being allowed to place our monument within the proximity of the Ten Commandments monument, we can appease the ACLU’s concerns.

By accepting our offer, the good people of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to show that they espouse the basic freedoms spelled out in the Constitution. We imagine that the ACLU will also embrace such a response. Allowing us to donate a monument would show that the Oklahoma City Council does not discriminate, and both the religious and non-religious should be happy with such an outcome. Our mission is to bring people together by finding common sentiments that create solutions that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

Donors to the Indiegogo campaign will receive official Satanic Temple t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, buttons, membership cards and framed certificates of membership with a wax seal.

(image via the Satanic Temple Indiegogo page)


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