Look out Texas and Mississippi, Oklahoma is coming for your title as the most ridiculous state governments in the country. A state house committee has advanced a bill that would fire clerks for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even if the Supreme Court legalizes it.
Yesterday, the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would prohibit judges and clerks in the state from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite federal court decisions striking down the state’s ban.
Along with “prohibiting public funds for any activity licensing or supporting same-sex marriage; prohibiting public employees from recognizing same-sex marriage licenses; prohibiting spending public funds to enforce certain court orders,” the constitutionally dubious bill [PDF] also states that “[n]o employee of this state and no employee of any local governmental entity shall violate or interfere with the implementation of this act and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit at the expense of taxpayers of this state. If a judge violates this act, the judge shall be removed from office.”The chief sponsor of the legislation just so happens to be Sally Kern, the Republican lawmaker who has repeatedly declared that homosexuality is a “bigger threat” and “more dangerous” than terrorism. As Kern explains it, homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorist attacks because homosexuality will “destroy the future of America.”
Of course it’s Sally Kern. Who else would it be? And I’m sure that Liberty Counsel will be coming in to defend those clerks for having their rights violated if this passes, like they’re doing in North Carolina, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.