Okla. house members walk out during same sex marriage vote

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Updated: 4/08/2013 4:33 pm Published: 4/08/2013 4:32 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has approved - without a single negative vote but with some members walking out - a resolution reaffirming marriage as between a man and a woman and supporting the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages.

The House approved the resolution Monday on an 84-0 vote. House Democratic Leader Scott Inman and openly gay Rep. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City were among more than half of the chamber's 29 Democrats who walked out of the chamber instead of voting.

The resolution now heads to the state Senate.

The resolution would not carry the weight of law. Its supporters say it's meant as a message to the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage rights.

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lineflyer9 - 4/10/2013 4:39 AM
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It does not matter what I think. It does not matter what you think. What matters is what God's Living Word The Bible SAYS. Read the Bible and you will learn what is right or wrong. God gives His Blessings to those who keep His Word. God answers the prayers of those who keep HIS WORD. God Bless you.

Mayor Maynot - 4/9/2013 5:10 PM
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They can't just puke in the aisle #8-| That'd be unsanitary.

WyoMoe - 4/9/2013 9:29 AM
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The Democrats walked out because they will never stand and fight for what they claim they "Believe in". They will use this as a reason to call all other Political Parties are Homophobic, Bigot's, etc while they are only defending what they believe in. The Democrats have turned into a party of haters and Fear Mongerer's.

WyoMoe - 4/9/2013 8:34 AM
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@DoctorDonna, you are so wrong in part of your statement "Humans deserve equal rights no matter what!" What if a Human decided they were in love with their Chicken? Should they be able to marry it? or put it on their Health Insurance? A bit extreme I know but not ALL humans should have equal rights NO MATTER WHAT!!

Afrishanko - 4/9/2013 8:23 AM
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Oklahoma has one of the HIGHEST divorce rates in the country—Nevada has the highest of course, but Oklahoma and a couple of other Bible Belt states have the highest after that. On the other hand, Massachusetts, where gay marriage has been going on for years already, has THE lowest divorce rate in the entire country—and it's been going DOWN ever since it went with equal access to marriage. 'Nuff said? Generally, the more religious a state (or entire country) is, the higher the divorce rate, the crime rate, the 1-parent family rate—and the lower the IQ. (Atheists have higher IQs than agnostics, agnostics have a higher IQ than moderately religious people; fundamentalists/evangelicals have the lowest IQ, clocking in at nearly 6 IQ points lower than atheists. (See Wikipedia "IQ and Religiosity.") Incidentally, atheists even score higher on knowledge of the Bible and religion than do Christians themselves, overall. (See CNN news report on YouTube by searching for "Are religious Americans really this stupid." So what we have here is religion always having to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into every increment of social progress the world has achieved over the centuries. Oklahoma is very religious, has a high divorce rate and an average IQ in the bottom quarter of all the states. A devout fundamentalist Christian (who happens to live about 3 miles from Oklahoma!) once told me during a phone conversation that gay marriage would "destroy the fabric of society." When I asked, "What do you mean, exactly? How would it do that? Can you give me some examples to explain what you mean?" The answer: I got hung up on. Not politely. And no apology ever followed.

unhappycamper - 4/9/2013 8:19 AM
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Awesome, I'm so happy THIS is what the congress in this "great" state have decided to spend their time and efforts on. I can't even.

cptspacecase - 4/9/2013 5:54 AM
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ive been married for over 5 years now and if same sex couples want to get married and live with the stress/frustration of the bad times along with the bliss of the god times then so be it..i bet their divorce rate ill be just as high as straight couples.

Obviate1 - 4/8/2013 11:09 PM
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Guess what? The rest of America, including the Supreme Court, (not to mention the rest of the planet) don't give a ______ what Oklahoma thinks. True story.

Skulander - 4/8/2013 11:02 PM
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Very sad to see hate, homophobia and bigotry ruling the day in Oklahoma. Then again, this country is really becoming a cesspool of all things anti-gay and it's really disgusting to watch.

thedoctordonna - 4/8/2013 10:52 PM
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I can understand why they felt they needed to walk out on such a bigoted decision on the part of the Oklahoma House, but they should have stayed long enough to vote against it. It is so sad that in 2013 civil rights are still debated. Humans deserve equal rights no matter what! If you have a problem with same sex marriage, then don't marry someone of the same sex. However, those who wish to marry same sex partners should be allowed the same basic human rights as heterosexual couples.
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