Lawmakers walk out on anti-gay marriage vote in Oklahoma
Weighing in on the recently energized debate around gay marriage, the Oklahoma House has approved a resolution without opposition on the vote to reaffirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The resolution, which passed 84-0, was headed to the Senate this week.
Democratic House minority leader Scott Inman and the chamber's lone openly gay member joined about a dozen other representatives who walked out of the chamber instead of voting.
Oklahoma state Rep. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City, who is openly gay, walked out of the chamber when the vote was called, as did more than a dozen other Democrats.
In a brief interview after the vote, Floyd said she walked out rather than vote on the resolution because when you vote "you give it credence, you give it some sort of credibility. So my statement was going to be that no, I'm not going to be a co-author. I'm not going to have anything to do with it."
State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, and 13 other Democrats voted for the resolution.
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Since: Sep 07
#1 May 7, 2013
So they're trying to send a message to SCOTUS? Have they thought this through?
The conservative members of the court are undoubtedly arguing that recent progress of gay rights legislation proves a lack of animus toward gays. It also proves that gays have great political power.
In that environment, trumpeting rank discrimination--for no purpose other than to emphasize the same--should have the opposite of the intended effect.
Since: Mar 09
#2 May 7, 2013
Good to see that SOMEBODY gets it.
#3 May 7, 2013
Right, but now they don't have to be on record as having voted against homophobic bigotry now, either.
It doesn't entirely make sense as a gesture.
#4 May 8, 2013
..another fly over state says what..?
Since: Dec 07
#5 May 8, 2013
You just can't fix stupid.
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