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 on 6.

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 gay couples.

The marriage case now heads to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, which is also considering an appeal to Utah's ban.