Oklahoma: F*ck You Gays – Noone Can Get Married!
Oklahoma hates LGBTs so much, it is willing to screw over straight couples in the process:
The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would stop the state from issuing marriage licenses altogether rather than allow same-gender couples to obtain them, Tulsa World reports:
Oklahoma would stop issuing marriage licenses under legislation passed Tuesday afternoon by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
House Bill 1125, by Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, would instead require those officiating marriage ceremonies to file after-the-fact “certificates of marriage” with court clerks’ offices. Alternatively, couples could file affidavits of common law marriage.
Russ said his bill is intended to “protect” county court clerks who do not want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “This takes them out of the trap,” he said.
In other words, Russ wants to create a loophole so that anti-LGBT public servants wouldn’t have to fulfill their duties if those duties include serving LGBT people. Same-sex couples have been able to legally marry in Oklahoma since October 2014, when the Supreme Court allowed a pro-marriage equality ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to stand.