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Opinion

February 18, 2014

THE PEOPLE SPEAK: District judge makes the right decision



Several weeks ago U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violated the U.S. Constitution. Who knew?

In his 68-page ruling, Judge Kern wrote, “Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed. It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions.” Kern summarized, “the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights.” Sounds like poetry.

The judge rightfully concluded marriage equality will have no effect on the quality of raising of children. Good for him.

Honorable Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt predictably called it “a troubling decision.” Anti-gay equality Gov. Mary Fallin, both “disappointed” and “troubled,” declared “The people of Oklahoma have spoken.” (Case closed). Honorable Republican State Representative Sally Kern cleverly reaffirmed her long held view concerning gay rights being human rights by stating, “Homosexuality is a human wrong.”

Freaked out Honorable Republican Representative Mike Turner, vice chair of the House Government Modernization Committee, suggested something like a “do over,” a second statewide vote to re-amend and re-reaffirm the state’s constitutional ban of same-sex marriages. If it’s unconstitutional now, maybe it won’t be later? He also proposed to legislatively do away with all civil marriages in Oklahoma. That way both gay and straight couples could legally be barred from marrying. That’s got to be the epitome of equality.

I spoke to a fellow who was driving past the Oklahoma State Capitol just after Judge Kern’s decision was released. He claims he saw two brick sauropods on the north lawn staggering about gasping for air and could clearly hear the sound of bricks falling into toilets coming from the capitol buildings. I sort of think same-sex couples in love with each other should be free to marry and create families. Am I wrong?

MIKE DUMFORD

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