Oklahoma Politician Wants to Strip Pensions from State Employees Over Same-sex Weddings

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos– Never mind that same-sex marriages are now legal in Oklahoma, state Representative Sally Kerns has proposed a drastic law to severely punish any state employees who participate in the licensing or ceremonies for same-sex couples: House Bill 1599 is being called the “Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act.” It says taxpayer dollars or governmental salaries cannot be used for “the licensing or support of same-sex marriage.” Under this bill no local or state employee would be allowed to quote “officially recognize, grant or enforce a same-sex marriage license and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit.” It goes on to say any judge who violates this act could also be removed from office. If you think that’s harsh, check out the other bills she introduced this week: House Bill 1598 “Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act” says parents would be allowed to...

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