OKLAHOMA CITY — Back in October, same-sex marriages became legal in Oklahoma due to a federal ruling.
Now, a new bill HB 1125 authored by state rep Todd Russ would do away with marriage licenses, leaving those feeling conflicted out of the licensing process.
The measure passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 67-24.
“The point of my legislation is to take the state out of the process and leave marriage in the hands of the clergy,” said Russ, R-Cordell. “Marriage was historically a religious covenant first and a government-recognized contract second. Under my bill, the state is not allowing or disallowing same-sex marriage. It is simply leaving it up to the clergy.”
Opponents of the bill say the measure is confusing for same-sex marriage in Oklahoma.
The measure now proceeds to the Senate for consideration.