New foolishness in Oklahoma.
State Representative Todd Russ proposed House Bill 1125. The goal is to make all marriages go through religious clergy and end marriage licenses.
Republican Representative Todd Russ says under House Bill 1125, a marriage would have to be signed off by a preacher, minister, priest, rabbi or ecclesiastical dignitary.These folks are truly trying to fight against equality. It's a losing battle, but I guess that the thing for these haters. Keep fighting to the end? Who knows.
"Put it back to what it was supposed to be and was originally a holy matrimony and a very solemn and spiritual vow," said Rep. Russ.
If approved, Russ says the roles of judges or retired judges would change. They would no longer be able to perform marriage ceremonies. Some strongly oppose it because of what they believe it symbolizes.
"It doesn't put the county officials into the business of condoning it or approving it or licensing it," said Rep. Russ.
The court clerk's office would take record of the marriage certificates given to couples that would be recognized by the state. Those not wanting to get married by a religious official could file an affidavit through the court clerk's office claiming common-law marriage.
"They don't have a spiritual basis for a marriage and don't want to have a clergy member or a priest or someone involved in the spiritual aspect, then they can file an affidavit of common-law marriage," explained Rep. Russ.
Russ says this bill is a way for the State of Oklahoma to prove its independent rights as a state to make laws.