Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Turner, a
Republican from Edmond, has proposed banning all marriages rather
than allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“[My constituents are] willing to
have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by
the state at all,” Turner told News
Ending the state's role in marriage
“would definitely be a realistic opportunity, and it's something
that would be part of the discussion,” he said of a shell bill he
introduced that can change its language as the debate progresses.
The proposal comes 10 days after a
federal judge struck down as unconstitutional Question 711, the 2004
voter-approved constitutional amendment which prohibits the state
from recognizing gay couples with marriage or civil unions.
In November, Oklahoma Governor Mary
Fallin, a Republican, halted processing of military spouse benefit
applications at state-owned National Guard bases rather than serve
The marriage case now heads to the 10th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, which is also considering an
appeal to Utah's ban.