22 April 2004
And now it's a referendum
The Oklahoma Senate last week attached an amendment to House Bill 2259, a rewriting of the state's forcible-sodomy laws, which calls for a referendum on gay marriage. Today the House passed the bill.
The amendment, by Senator James Williamson (R-Tulsa), proposes that voters approve a change to the state Constitution that defines marriage in terms of one man and one woman, that declines to recognize marriages from other states that do not meet this definition, and that classifies the issuance of a marriage license to anyone else as a misdemeanor.
Expect a lawsuit to try to keep the question off the ballot.