Oct 12, 2014

Gay Marriage Violates Religious Freedom: An Oklahoman’s Response

Governor Mary Fallin released a statement today in response to the Supreme Court rejecting gay marriage appeals from five states, including Oklahoma.

As is par for her course, Fallin made it clear that the big, bad, liberal government is trying to shove gay marriage down the throats of God-fearing Oklahomans:

“Today’s decision has been cast by the media as a victory for gay rights. What has been ignored, however, is the right of Oklahomans – and Americans in every state – to write their own laws and govern themselves as they see fit. Those rights have once again been trampled by an arrogant, out-of -control federal government that wants to substitute Oklahoma values with Washington, D.C. values.”

Allow me to translate for those who didn’t bother to read the whole thing.

Additionally, Fallin restated her belief that human rights issues like gay marriage are better left to a referendum:

    “The people of Oklahoma have the right to determine how marriage is defined. In 2004, Oklahomans exercised that right, voting by a margin of 3-1 to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

Fallin is, as usual, missing the big picture when it comes to issues like gay marriage. Here is her response when the prior court ruling came down:

She’d like to paint gay rights as something being forced upon Oklahomans. That activist judges in DC are the ones coming down on otherwise well-meaning southern states and trying to change their way of life without their consent.

Wait, Governor Fallin. Could it be that you don’t like it when someone tries to tell you what you can and cannot do with your personal life?  I wonder what that must be like.

Wait, I know exactly what that’s like living as a gay Oklahoman under your governance.

In her zeal to make it sound like gay marriage is something Oklahomans don’t want, she is, of course, erasing the presence of vulnerable LGBT people in her state.

Take it from an escapee of the conservative hell-scape that is Oklahoma: The states with a history of anti-LGBT policies are the states that needed this news from SCOTUS the most.

We are grateful. We are proud. And despite what Mary Fallin might say, we are Oklahomans, and we have waited long enough for the right to exist in our state. –Blue Nation Review

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