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Eleven Oklahoma Students Suspended for Vandalizing LGBT Day of Silence Posters

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Like many schools across the country, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Booker T. Washington High participated in the nationwide Day of Silence last month to show its support for LGBT youth. While many of Booker T. Washington’s students stood in solidarity with their queer peers by taking a temporary vow of silence, a handful saw the demonstration as an opportunity to lash out. 

A poster promoting the Day of Silence was vandalized by a group of students, one of whom decided to record their actions. Footage of the vandalized poster soon made their way onto social media along with a number of homophobic tags. According to the Associated Press nine different students “liked” the video depicting the vandalism.

The two students thought to have been the lead instigators were given significant suspensions that would keep them both out of school for at least ten days. One of the students, explained Tulsa Public School representative Chris Payne, was no stranger to causing trouble in the school.

"He has had a pattern of behavior. There had been other incidents — he had poured water on incoming freshmen who were LGBTQ students," Payne explained. "There were nine additional suspensions (for three days each) for students who went out on social media and said they liked the video."


Anti-Gay Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To End All Marriage Licenses, Says SCOTUS Stuck Gay Marriage 'Down Our Throat'

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Complaining that the U.S. Supreme Court "stuck [same-sex marriage] down our throats," a Republican Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill that would do away with all marriage licenses in the state.  

Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell (above), says his HB 1125 is designed to protect the religious freedom of state employees who object to same-sex marriage. The bill would prohibit judges from performing marriages and clerks from issuing marriage licenses. 

Instead, religious officials would sign marriage "certificates" that would be recorded with county clerks. In lieu of religious ceremonies, couples could also file affidavits of common-law marriage. Any state employee who violates the law would face up to a year in jail. 

From The Oklahoman

“Marriages are not supposed to be a government thing anyway,” [Russ] said Wednesday.

Russ, a credentialed Assemblies of God minister, is upset with rulings that have supported same-sex marriage.

“There’s a lot of constituents and people across the state who are not through pushing back on the federal government for the slam down they’ve given us with Supreme Court rulings,” he said. ... 

“Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage, and yet the Supreme Court stuck it down our throats,” Russ said.

Oklahomans for Equality posted a statement saying Russ' bill would "create chaos": 

"Oklahomans for Equality calls upon all fair minded Oklahomans to contact your state representative and ask them not to support House Bill 1125 which would strip county court clerks of their duty of issuing marriage licenses. Rep. Todd Russ of District 55 has introduced the bill under the guise of protecting elected officials religious freedoms. If passed, this bill will de-fund court clerks already strained budgets, do away with the marriage license process which conforms to every other state, and create chaos in a system that has worked for more than century."

Oklahomans for Equality reported last week that more than 3,200 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples since same-sex marriage became legal in October. That was after the Supreme Court declined to review the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision striking down Oklahoma's marriage ban. 

Full text of Russ' bill, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Bald Eagle Released at Oral Roberts University Chapel Service Crashes Into Window: VIDEO

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For some reason, bald eagles are part of the chapel service at Oral Roberts University to launch the new school year, and an eagle that was released last week flew into a window and fell to the ground as onlookers shrieked and chanted "U.S.A.".

Tulsa World reports:

“It was a bit shocking to see, but we’re thankful the eagle is OK,” said ORU spokeswoman Carissa Bratschun.

She said the eagle was supposed to fly straight to the trainer who was standing on stage. Instead, it circled the auditorium.

“It had practiced five or six times,” she said. “When the time came, we’re not sure what happened. It flew around the room and then hit a window.”

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Tulsa Teen Beaten Unconscious in Anti-Gay Attack at Party: VIDEO

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Cody Rogers, an 18-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was beaten unconscious at a party over the weekend because he is gay. FOX 23 reports:

C_rogersRogers is slowly starting to heal. “There were some ladies who invited their boyfriends (to a going away party) who had a problem with some of the homosexuals that were there."

Cody could hear the homophobic slurs from another room, and when those boyfriends were asked to leave the apartment, one refused. That person attacked cody’s friend, a 21 year-old girl.

“I stepped in and they threw me to the ground, obviously, I’m a little beat up,” Cody said. As he was on the ground,  the two teens attacking him kept shouting the slurs. His friends were shocked to see it all unfold.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Rogers has started a Facebook page in hopes of starting a conversation about changing Oklahoma's hate crime laws.

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Watch: Jon Stewart on Gretchen Carlson's Fury Over the Tulsa 'Holiday' Parade

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The 'war on Christmas' is back and Jon Stewart is at his best in this segment from Monday night regarding FOX News host Gretchen Carlson's outrage at the city of Tulsa for its decision to change the name of the Christmas parade to the "holiday" parade.

Which they did last year.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma Approves LGBT Anti-Discrimination Policy

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Tulsa, Oklahoma last night amended the city's non-discrimination policy to include protections based on sexual orientation for city employees, News on 6 reports:

Before a packed house Thursday night, The Tulsa City Council approved a new employment policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The policy applies to city employees in every aspect of employment. The expansion adds sexual orientation to a list of protected classes that already includes race, sex, religion, ancestry, age and disability. 'The policy does not just apply to homosexuals, everybody has a sexual orientation,' said Councilor GT Bynum, who introduced the measure. 'If a straight city employee has a gay supervisor, this would protect him just the same.' ... 'The government has no business in your bedroom. But your bedroom has no place in the government. I cannot support this because it will result in more lawsuits against the city of Tulsa' said Councilor John Eagleton. It was approved by a vote of 6-3."

(via americablog)


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