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OK Gov, AG React

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin reacted to today’s court ruling striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage:

“In 2004, the people of Oklahoma voted to amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman.’ That amendment passed with 75 percent support.

“The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma’s voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge’s ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government.”

Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt also weighed in:

“It is a troubling decision,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “As the Supreme Court recently noted in the Windsor case, it is up to the states to decide how to define marriage, not the federal government. There is a case involving the State of Utah currently pending before the 10th Circuit that is identical to the case in Tulsa. The issue most likely will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court and the outcome will dictate whether Oklahoma’s constitutional provision will be upheld.”

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Joseph Filion
January 14th, 2014 | LINK

It is scary to see so many in government be so far from reality.

Our constitution was specifically ratified to prevent tyranny of the majority as well as the government.

The simple reality is either you have the government involved in marriage or you do not, if you do all legal citizens are entitled to the same rights and protections under article 14 as such they have no choice but to recognize same sex marriage. This is why so many judges rule the way they do.

If you do not involve the government it would be a private matter between consenting adults and we would still have same sex marriage.

They can squirm all they wish but the reality is that same sex equal right are inevitable because it is justice and liberty we seek to uphold not a tyrannical majority grossly misusing a sacred text.

Steve
January 14th, 2014 | LINK

Fallin. Twice divorced. Adulteress. Her son is divorced. Her daughter is also twice divorced.

Richard Rush
January 14th, 2014 | LINK

“[Gov. Mary] Fallin. Twice divorced. Adulteress. Her son is divorced. Her daughter is also twice divorced.

Given the vast number of embarrassingly poor results produced by the exalted gold-standard of heterosexual parenting, shouldn’t society be clamoring to give gay parenting a try?

Hunter
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

Ever notice how the Constitution ceases to exist when state-sanctioned discrimination is overturned by the courts?

If this were a gun control case, you can bet both Fallin and Pruitt would be screaming about Constitutional rights.

Sir Andrew
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

As I’ve said before in other posts, if they truly want to defend marriage, they need to get the heteros out of it. They’re the ones who have trashed it.

Jerry Sloan
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

Governor David L. Boren (1975-1979) Was a closeted gay man. A lesbian friend of mine at the time was his cousin who used to visit him and stay in the governor’s mansion. He later served 2 or 3 terms in the U. S. Senate.

Coxygru
January 16th, 2014 | LINK

I expected a meatier statement from the AG. There is no word limit on press releases. What gives? As the state’s defenders of this marriage ban have nothing of substance to say, we should grill them with questions that make them squirm like, “Why did your predecessor approve for referendum this blatantly unconstitutional policy?” and “How can a minister of justice (attorney general in your case) wriggle out of respecting the International Declaration of Human Rights?”

Nathaniel
January 21st, 2014 | LINK

Hunter, the nature of the screaming also changes. If the Judge were turning over laws limiting gun access that were passed by the people’s duly elected officials (or even the people themselves), he would be a hero of the Constitution. But since he’s letting the gays get married, he is an overreaching, activist Judge. In other words, when your position is indefensible, hide behind name-calling or any other excuse you think people will accept.

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