OK Attorney General on gay marriage ruling


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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 1/15 10:45 pm Published: 1/15 10:39 pm


Yesterday a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled a state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Local legislators, including Governor Fallin have released statements since. Today we heard from Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

He says he won’t support U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern’s ruling that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The focus is on an amendment voters in Oklahoma supported in 2004, defining marriage as between a man and woman.

Pruitt says he sees this making it all the way to the Supreme Court. Tuesday’s ruling said the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. But Pruitt says the right for gay couples to marry is not inherently covered in that protection.

“It was created to say you cannot be discriminated against based upon immutable characteristics. Characteristics that cannot change; your gender, your race, your ethnicity, your national origin. To now extend that to behavior; to choices that are made by individuals, and to say that a state that’s been the arbiter of what constitutes marriage should be displaced; that’s troubling,” said Pruitt.

He says he’s going to keep watching what happens. Pruitt isn’t involved in the original lawsuit, but he can still file what’s called an amicus brief—and he says he’s likely to do so. It’s a brief that can be filed by a person who’s uninvolved with a case, but has a strong interest in it.

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Basenji - 1/16/2014 4:25 PM
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To Oklahoma: I grew up gay in this state. I tried to be straight taking on girlfriends, joining the frat house, going to the southern baptist church. Thank God I did not marry a woman. I knew from the time I was 7 when I first began to have feelings towards other boys. I prayed every night that God would make me straight and like women. I have three brothers, none of them deal with what I do. Attempted suicide at 16, almost again in my twenties and tried all I knew to do. It took a long time to repair the damage I received in this state but I'm starting to get there at 50. I don't fault heterosexuals for not understanding because they don't deal with what is only natural to me. Get out of the dark ages Oklahoma, have some tolerance that there are people who were born this way and make this state a better place to live. We can all exist together. Respect the constitution and treat me like the equal I am! Do you really think I would choose to be this way growing up in the 60's, 70's, in this state? Get real and loose that argument.

karlschneider - 1/16/2014 10:26 AM
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watergirl: I suggest you look up "straw man" if you have sufficient intellect to do so. If you manage to find the definition, try to grasp how you have inartfully employed it.

karlschneider - 1/16/2014 10:18 AM
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Well, it didn't take that ignorant fundy bigot Pruitt to stick his pointy little nose into the case...he seems to be awfully interested in the clinical and salacious details of everyone's private business.

watergirl - 1/16/2014 8:57 AM
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What's next? A law to allow people to legally adopt animals as members of their family so they can claim them as dependants on their income taxes? Where do we draw the line? If you set your tolorances wide enough - anything and everything will pass.

Unwashed Mass - 1/15/2014 11:22 PM
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If he really believes sexual orientation is some fleeting choice, maybe he's not qualified to be the AG. Chickfila might have an opening for him.
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