OK House urges Supreme Court to uphold DOMA

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Updated: 4/11/2013 9:22 am Published: 4/10/2013 10:18 pm

The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved on Monday a non-binding resolution urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of Oklahoma’s right to regulate who can and can't get married here.
Oklahoma House Concurrent Resolution 1009 reaffirms Oklahoma’s ban on same sex marriage and urges the Supreme Court to uphold the DOMA. 84 house members voted yes on the resolution, but 17 walked out of the capitol frustrated this vote was happening in the first place.
One other person frustrated with the vote is Toby Jenkins with Oklahomans for Equality.
“We were appalled that state legislators could take time out of their busy schedules and handling the most pressing important business of running our state and just take the opportunity to kick the gays one more time,” he said.
Jenkins says no matter what the house approves, gay Oklahomans are not leaving our state. He says one day these legislators will realize they're on the wrong side of history.
Now that the bill has been approved in the House, it goes to the Oklahoma Senate. It had its first reading their yesterday.

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PolishBear - 4/11/2013 9:55 AM
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Sorry. DOMA is transparently unconstitutional, since it sets up differing legal standards for Gay and Straight couples. DOMA violates both the 14th Amendment and the "Full Faith & Credit" clause. SCOTUS will overturn DOMA by the end of June, no matter how much wailing and gnashing of teeth there is in the Oklahoma House.

UserAnonym - 4/11/2013 7:12 AM
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"... urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold ... the state of Oklahoma’s right to regulate who can and can't get married here" A decision striking down DOMA would not require states to allow same-sex marriage. In fact, DOMA prevents Oklahoma from regulating who can get married (in the eyes of the fed) in their own state.
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