Oklahomans gather at Capitol to voice concerns over the death penalty

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans wanting to end the death penalty gathered at the Capitol over the weekend for a protest.

A number of groups opposing the death penalty hosted the Oklahoma Death Penalty Abolition Solidarity Rally on July 2nd to voice their concerns over a State Question 776, which Oklahomans will have the opportunity to vote on in November.

If passed, the amendment to the State Constitution would mean all methods of execution shall be constitutionally allowed.

The amendment would also add that the death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment.

“In Oklahoma we are particularly concerned because of the inability of the state to follow protocol to make sure people’s rights are assured as they go through the process,” Rena Guay said.

Former State Senator Connie Johnson and Rex Friend with the Oklahoma Conference of Churches spoke at the rally.

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