Target: Brian Bingman, Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tempore
Goal: Stop bill that would restrict the right to marry to “people of faith.”
Oklahoma lawmakers are attempting to restrict the right to marry to only “people of faith.” The proposed bill would allow only members of the clergy to approve marriage licenses and would prevent judges and other secular officials from granting them. The bill was already passed by the House of Representatives and is now making its way to the State Senate. Something must be done to ensure that this restrictive, discriminatory, and above all, unconstitutional bill be stopped from becoming a reality.
This bill is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to enforce a Christian lifestyle and worldview on the people of Oklahoma. The bill’s chief author, Senator Todd Russ, has said that he introduced the bill with the intention of protecting court clerks from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Oklahoma doesn’t even protect LGBT workers from discrimination in the work place, but it will go out of its way to protect a few clerks from issuing marriage licenses they don’t agree with? It is absolutely despicable.
This bill is anti-secular, anti-gay, and anti-equality. Not only does it persecute same-sex and secular couples, it directly violates the first amendment of the Constitution. The separation between church and state is being slowly, but surely, eroded in Oklahoma and something must be done to stop it. Sign here to encourage the Oklahoma State Senate to vote against this bill and protect all people from persecution by religious bigots.
Dear Senator Bingman,
It has come to my attention that a bill will soon be arriving in your chamber that restricts the right to marry to only “people of faith.” The bill in question would seek to allow only clergy members to grant marriage licenses in your state. I need not inform you that this is an extremely offensive proposal, as it is obvious, but perhaps it would be a good idea to remind you that it is also unconstitutional and contradicts the first amendment.
The bill’s author has said that he introduced the bill in order to protect court clerks from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they did not agree with their lifestyles. This is absolutely unacceptable and is discriminating against large groups of people on the basis that a few court clerks might be offended. That is, of course, unless the intent of this bill is not to protect a few clerks by subjugating thousands and really to force a Christian theocracy on the people of Oklahoma. Either way, you can clearly see that passage of this bill would be a disaster.
It is for all of these reasons that I sincerely ask you to vote against this discriminatory bill. Please make the right decision when the time comes and grant marriage equality to all.
[Your Name Here]
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