Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:40

Oklahoma House Votes 84-0 in Support of Traditional Marriage

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On April 8 the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting traditional marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman for the purposes of federal business, and the Oklahoma lawmakers want to be on record as endorsing only the traditional definition of marriage. It also wants the High Court to rule in favor of allowing individual states to continue determining their own definition of marriage.

The eight-paragraph resolution declares that “marriage is the building block upon which our society is based,” and that “ the power to regulate marriage is a power reserved to the states that lies within the domain of state legislatures and not with the judicial branch of government.” The resolution also recalls that in 2004 Oklahoma voters passed a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, one of 30 states thus far to pass such amendments.

With those standards set, the resolution concludes: “Be it resolved by the House of Representatives … that the Oklahoma Legislature reaffirms its commitment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and urges the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act and the right of states to regulate marriage.”

The resolution, which will now be taken up by the State Senate asks that a copy “be distributed to the President and Vice President of the United States and to the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation.”

While the vote was unanimous, Tulsa's NBC news affiliate noted that half the House Democrats, led by Democratic leader Scott Inman and openly homosexual Rep. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City, walked out of the chamber instead of voting. The other half of the Democratic contingent joined all the Republican state representatives to vote to support traditional marriage.


  • Comment Link James Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:54 posted by James

    a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.

    a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause: a martyr to the cause of social justice.

    Definitions of a martyred person. Holding onto our beliefs are what is being attacked again and this time those in the military were told Christians were the same as terrorists. Look at this as a gift from the Lord for Americans to make that same stand against those that have put millions of people to death for their holding onto their faith. Americans have almost zero knowledge about the suffering Christians are going through as I write this. A gift? I see martyrs receiving something of the highest value in the Kingdom of God then mere Christians that just warmed a church pew. Besides, the years of holding back against evil in this nation has to be paid for. This nation is not just going to be caught up without going through the same terror our Christian brothers and sisters are and have gone through. Get ready for this. The president and the government are working overtime to bring about the end of our belief system.

  • Comment Link DONALD W Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:12 posted by DONALD W

    The U.S. Government has absolutely no respect for any state government which does not consent to their liberal agenda cleverly disguise as individual rights
    Nice try though.

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