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OK Rep. Sally Kern Pulls 'License to Discriminate' Bill, Keeps Other Two Bills Targeting Gay

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Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern, who on more than one occasion has compared gays to terrorists, has withdrawn her bill that would have allowed Oklahoma businesses to refuse service to any LGBT individual or organization, AKOR reports:

“After further consideration, I have decided to withdraw House Bill 1597, known as ‘The Business Protection Act.’ The bill as introduced did not accomplish my desired purpose. Across the country, business owners are being sued by individuals who are asking the owner to perform a service or provide a product that is contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs. When these business owners have refused because of conscience, they were then sued having to face legal battles that resulted in their losing their business and even facing jail. I wanted a tort bill that limited damages between the business owner and the customer ensuring that the business owner would not lose their livelihood.

“I will support the efforts of my colleagues who have introduced bills that do what I intended. I will work with the governor, the speaker of the House and Senate pro tempore to protect the business interests of our state so that all our citizens who take the risk of opening a business can prosper and thrive.”

Kern is continuing to sponsor the "Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act" which would bar the use of taxpayer dollars or government salaries for "the licensing or support of same-sex marriage," as well as the “Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act” which gives parents the right to seek help to "cure" their gay kids.


Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern Insists She 'Doesn't Hate Anyone' Despite Trio Of New Anti-Gay Laws

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According to Republican Member of Oklahoma’s House of Representatives Sally Kern, she “doesn’t hate anybody.” Her claims are somewhat difficult to accept at face value, however, in light of the three discriminatory pieces of legislation that she pushed through the House last week. In addition to enabling discrimination against LGBT people based on religious grounds, Kern's bills enable the practice of reparative therapies and would literally defund gay marriages.

Under Kern’s proposed Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act “no employee of [Oklahoma] and no employee of any local governmental entity shall officially recognize, grant or enforce a same-sex marriage license and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit at the expense of taxpayers of this state.”

The bill goes on to demand that Oklahoma’s state funds be withheld in the event that a court order were to mandate the issuance or recognition of same sex marriage licenses.

“The LGBT people want to limit someone’s freedom to come to understand something, because their mantra is ‘well you’re born gay and you can’t change’ and there’s no credible scientific research to prove that,” Kern said in an interview with local NBC affiliate KFOR. “If they want to live that way, let them, but see that’s not enough for them, right now. What they want is to force their lifestyle upon the rest of us,” she insisted.

All three bills are scheduled to be heard next week after the opening of the Oklahoma legislature.


OK Rep. Sally Kern Targets Gays With 3 of the Most Offensive Bills Filed in 2015: VIDEO

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Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern, who on more than one occasion has compared gays to terrorists, has filed three offensive bills targeting gays in the state.

The "Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act" would bar the use of taxpayer dollars or government salaries for "the licensing or support of same-sex marriage. Under the law, no local or state employee could "officially recognize, grant or enforce a same-sex marriage license and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit."

Tulsa World reports:

“No employee of this state and no employee of any local governmental entity shall officially recognize, grant or enforce a same-sex marriage license and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit at the expense of taxpayers of this state,” the measure says. “No taxes or public funds of this state shall be spent enforcing any court order requiring the issuance or recognition of a same-sex marriage license.”

A second bill, the heinously titled “Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act” gives parents the right to seek help to "cure" their gay kids.

Says the bill:

“The people of this state have the right to seek and obtain counseling or conversion therapy from a mental health provider in order to control or end any unwanted sexual attraction, and no state agency shall infringe upon that right,” the bill says. “Parents may obtain such counseling or therapy for their children under eighteen (18) years of age without interference by the state.”

A third bill, House Bill 1597, would allow any Oklahoma business to refuse service to an LGBT person, or group, similar to the bill that failed last year in Arizona because businesses would not have it..

Kern is currently unavailable for comment, according to Tulsa World, because she's celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.

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John Oliver Takes a Look At Some of the More Colorful Right-wing Candidates for State Office: VIDEO

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With our current Congress on track to be the least productive in history and the Senate likely to remain inactive regardless of which party wins on Tuesday, John Oliver decided to focus on some of the important (and bizarre) midterm campaigns taking place on the state level.

One incumbent legislator put under Oliver's magnifying glass? None other than Oklahoma lawmaker Sally "gays are worse than terrorists" Kern. 

Oliver also put the spotlight on the shadowy, tax-exempt organization American Legislative Exchange Council. For those unaware of the conservative bill mill, here's a a primer via People for the American Way:

When state legislators across the nation introduce similar or identical bills designed to boost corporate power and profits, reduce workers rights, limit corporate accountability for pollution, or restrict voting, odds are good that the legislation was not written by a state lawmaker but by corporate lobbyists working through the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators and work with them to get special-interest legislation introduced. It’s a win-win for corporations, their lobbyists, and right-wing legislators. But the big losers are citizens whose rights and interests are sold off to the highest bidder.

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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'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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