Oklahoma: House Votes To End ALL State Marriage Licenses, Including For Straight Couples

The right wing was wrong: it's not marriage equality that will destroy marriage, it's actually anti-gay activists who are will end the institution. After a vote of 67 - 24, the Oklahoma House has ruled in favor of ending the practice of issuing marriage licenses to all couples, straight or gay. 

Rep. Todd Russ, the sponsor of the bill, admits that the approved legislation exists solely so the state doesn't have to oblige federal rulings and allow same-sex couples equality under the law. 

The Oklahoma Marriage Equality Lawsuit Facebook page (representing the couples who fought the state's ban on marriage equality and won) provided perspective to the legislation and its winning vote:

The animus behind House Bill 1125 is a far greater concern than the content of the bill itself. Practically speaking, lawmakers are saying they so desperately want not to recognize same-sex marriages that they are willing to alter the entire marriage licensing process in Oklahoma just to give themselves an out. They're not making marriage harder for same-sex couples alone; this affects all marriage applicants. That said, if Oklahoma lawmakers wish us to jump through a different set of hurdles to marry than the present hurdles just so they can sleep better at night having done their part to fight off the inevitable growing tide of acceptance of same-sex marriage, we gay and lesbian couples, now equal under the law, will oblige.

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I say now they will know what it feels like won't they. Whether you agree or disagree. What is it to you if people you don't know want yo get married? Really. It is a decision I would of done myself. These anti-gay law makers are basically a gay Hitler . And everyone who thinks like them are a form of new age nazi's

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This is a good thing. I am single and will likely stay that way. I don't consider it just that people can get married and therefore get preferential treatment from the government. We should all be viewed as individuals in the eyes of the government. Anything different is discrimination.

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Why the hell would you want a State marriage license anyway?  It's an agreement between you and your chosen partner, not between you, your partner and the State.  End official recognition of marriage and just have people assign all the rights conventionally assigned by signing a marriage license as they like.

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This is a travesty, another black eye for the state of Ok.  What can I personally due to fight this?

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FreedomOklahoma.org please go there and give what you can. We are defending against all of this type of legislation.

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Marriage licensing is a scam anyway, just like all tax programs. I'm glad to see that at least one state is willing to tell the government that it doesn't have the right to interfere in personal affairs. If two people want to enter into a life contract, no-one should have the right to profit from that except those two people and whatever family they create.

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Take away the benefits the derive from marriage. Tax breaks (no more married filing jointly), no more spousal hospital visitation. No more community property. Etc. Won't take them long to change their tune.

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The Federal Government doesn't check marriage licenses. If you check the box on the form, they assume you are married. Just because the State won't issue licenses doesn't mean people won't still get married.

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Just because it passed in the House doesn't mean it will pass in Senate.

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Looks like a political maneuver to place the burden of decision on the people. When they demand restoration of marriage licensing, all including gays and lesbian must be included.

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You do realize that's how democracy works, right? The "burden" of decision is always supposed to be on the people.​

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Oklahoma is going against their own beliefs seeing that they are such a religious state. Hypocrisy is what these people are made of. I do believe the bible states that children shall not be born out of wedlock. However, if the people of Oklahoma are not allowed to marry, all of their children will be born out of wedlock. HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

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The way it allows them to avoid federal mandate is because they can now legally claim no prejudicial treatment exists among any classes, as NO classes are allowed to be married. However, this tactic  will be short lived because now there is undue burden on unmarried (for the sake of argument, straight) couples to comply with existing laws based on marriage (property, inheritance, parenthood, etc). Once this is challenged, the federal courts can then step in and force OK lawmakers to either remove ALL references to marriage in ALL existing laws or reinstate marriage, which will in turn put them back where they started. 

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The government should have NO business in this.   

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Well then the lawmakers of Ok should have left well enough alone. Now the government has to step in. What they did is not legal.

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From a lot of things I read, the implicaitons don't seem to be what's described here.  I don't see how it leads to not having to oblige federal rulings or to allow same-sex couples equality under the law, it seems that would still take place on a federal ruling.  I don't see how it would make hurdles, as it seems more that it removes a hurdle.  If I'm reading it correctly, couples would no longer have to apply for a marriage license with a clerk and get it (as I had to do in Washington prior to the marriage), and they can after their ceremony submit a certificate of marriage for full recognition.

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