Rep. Sally Kern Files Three Bills Against Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, January 23rd 2015, 8:27 am
By: News 9

An Oklahoma Representative known for her consistent stance against gay marriage introduced a series of bills causing controversy among equality groups.

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern has been consistent on her stance against same-sex marriage. And three bills filed this week prove she's not backing down even after gay marriage in Oklahoma was declared legal last year.

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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.

Kern also filed two other bills.

House Bill 1598 “Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act” says parents would be allowed to seek counseling and therapy to help change a child's sexual orientation, without interference from the state

The other, House Bill 1597, would allow any business in Oklahoma to refuse service to any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person or group.

All of this is no surprise to Kern's constituents. A few years ago she gained worldwide attention after saying the "homosexual agenda" is a bigger threat to our country than terrorism.