Noses to be removed

And faces to be spited:

State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma.

The idea stems from a bill filed by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond). Turner says it’s an attempt to keep same-sex marriage illegal in Oklahoma while satisfying the U.S. Constitution. Critics are calling it a political stunt while supporters say it’s what Oklahomans want.

“[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Turner said.

If nothing else, this is consistent with Governor Fallin’s decision to deny spousal benefits to National Guard members, gay or straight.

And it’s a challenge to those who say that the states shouldn’t be in the marriage business in the first place. To some extent, I am sympathetic to that position; however, Turner is radiating that strange Soonerland vibe that says “Yeah, this is going to be swatted in the courts, but we don’t care.


  1. McGehee »

    25 January 2014 · 8:05 am

    I wouldn’t mind a chance to see what “getting government out of the marriage business” would look like in the real world.

    I strongly suspect the proponents of the idea will be sorely disappointed by where the differences crop up, and where they don’t. There will still be marriage-related court cases, and family court will be unaffected.

    And the SSM push will continue, because this attempt to finesse that issue will only prove to bring those proponents closer to their real objective.

  2. fillyjonk »

    25 January 2014 · 11:16 am

    My main reaction is: How much time and money is THIS going to waste?

    I dunno. I don’t care too much as long as there’s no law passed requiring people to marry. Or stripping the unmarried of home ownership rights or something. Because I’m sure there’s some pol out there who thinks that would be a good idea.

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