“She wants to legalize discrimination,” Flashpoint panel has heated discussion about controversial bill proposals

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Flashpoint panel had a heated discussion about Representative Sally Kern's controversial proposed bills.

Sally Kern's recently proposed bills continue to attract national media attention.

Some fear Representative Kern’s measures are putting Oklahoma in a negative light right now because they’re aimed at the gay community.

One of her proposed bills, which would have permitted businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community, was recently withdrawn.

Last week, during an annual legislative forum, Governor Mary Fallin sidestepped a question regarding whether it would be acceptable for a restaurant owner to refuse service to a gay person.

“I am not going to make a judgment on legislation because you also have freedom of speech, the freedom to assemble, all the constitutional issues, too,” Fallin said. “The language needs to be looked at and analyzed, but in general, I have lots of gay friends that I do talk to, hang out with and I think we should respect them. They are good Oklahomans.”

Political analyst Kirk Humphreys says he agrees with the governor on the issue, but says he is also sympathetic with what Sally Kern is trying to accomplish.

This topic sparked a heated debate between Humprheys and Mike Turpin.

"She wants to legalize discrimination," Turpin said.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett also stopped by Flashpoint to talk about the issues that need to be conquered in Oklahoma City.

Joining Mayor Cornett on Flashpoint was his newlywed wife, Terri Cornett.

The couple talked about how they met and what they have accomplished in Oklahoma City.

 

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