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.