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Oklahoma Democrats Walk Out on Antigay Vote

More than half of Oklahoma's 29 House Democrats walked out of the chamber rather than vote on a resolution to affirm the state's definition of marriage as union of one man and one woman Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

Oklahoma voters passed a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in 2004, but that wasn't a strong enough condemnation for Rep. Bob Cleveland. Cleveland says he authored the resolution to reaffirm the state's exclusionary definition in light of President Obama's support for marriage equality and the two related cases heard by the Supreme Court in March.

The state House voted 84-0 in favor of the resolution Tuesday, when Cleveland told Oklahoma City's KOCO TV that he received no negative feedback from fellow representatives.

"I have not heard from any of my colleagues," said Cleveland. "And there was some people that didn't vote, but they- I don't know whether they didn't vote for a particular reason, or they just weren't there."

But the state's only out gay legislator, Democratic Rep. Kay Floyd, says her party's silence spoke louder than words ever could have.

"My colleagues that introduced this resolution are only interested in focusing our legislature on issues which were resolved last year," Floyd told KOCO. "I actually believe walking out was a bigger statement because I did not justify the resolution with a vote and a debate."

Every House Republican was joined by 13 Democrats in voting for the resolution, which, even if it passes the Senate, does not have the weight of law, according to AP.

Watch KOCO's report on the vote below. (at link)

by Anonymousreply 504/10/2013

What a shithole state full of hillbillies. I pity any guy man or lesbian too stupid to leave it.

by Anonymousreply 104/10/2013

Another example of what human filth is attracted to the Republican party.

by Anonymousreply 204/10/2013

Agree with R2.

This is the only state in the nation where every country voted for Bush 04) and McCain (2008). Add to that, Romney (2012).

I hope Oklahomophobic loses more population -- and becomes as politically potent as Idaho.

by Anonymousreply 304/10/2013

"Oklahoma voters passed a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in 2004, but that wasn't a strong enough condemnation for Rep. Bob Cleveland."

I thought Republicans believed in small government?

by Anonymousreply 404/10/2013

Not when it comes to sex and a woman's choice what to do with her body R4.

by Anonymousreply 504/10/2013
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