by CHRIS LANGUM
After a judge ruled the gay marriage ban in Oklahoma unconstitutional on January 14, Oklahoma’s own Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond) has proposed a bill that bans marriage as an institution all together in the state of Oklahoma.
The idea being that they are technically correct according to the Constitution. Since no one would be allowed to get married, everyone would have the same rights. So if no one gets to be happy, that’ll make everyone happy? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, Mike. According to Oklahoma News 9, the supporters of the bill seem to believe that it’s what the people of Oklahoma want.
But has anyone actually asked them? The amount of gay residents living with their partners has been increasing in Oklahoma not decreasing. (56 percent more male partners residing together, and 83 percent more female partners residing together between 2007 and 2010 according to Enidnews.) Many of whom are pushing for marriage equality. That would mean there are thousands of residents in Oklahoma who don’t want that at all. Oh, and thousands more straight couples who are already engaged to be married.
Along with Utah’s attempt to ban gay marriage, the bill will soon be reviewed in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
Chris Langum is a college student from Voorhees, New Jersey majoring in alternative energy. He enjoys staying on top of current events and is in the process of writing a book.