Republican Oklahoma Rep. Mike Turner has a novel answer to preventing the courts from forcing his state to approve same-sex marriage: End Oklahoma’s involvement in all marriages.
Turner’s bill comes as a constitutional challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage heads to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
Turner acknowledged to local TV station News 9 that his proposal takes an unusual approach to a long-controversial issue, and that it’s making some people uncomfortable. He explained the measure in a recent interview with News 9, which reported:
“[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Turner said.
Other conservative lawmakers feel the same way, according to Turner.
“Would it be realistic for the State of Oklahoma to say, ‘We’re not going to do marriage period,'” asked News 9’s Michael Konopasek.
“That would definitely be a realistic opportunity, and it’s something that would be part of the discussion,” Turner answered.
Such a discussion will be made possible by a current shell bill — something that can be changed at almost any time to react to upcoming rulings on Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban.
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