Extremist Oklahoma Anti-Gay RFRA Legislation Fails

Oklahoma SB 197 and SB 694 dead for this session

For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma legislature failed to pass an extreme ‘religious freedom’ bill targeting members of the LGBTQ community for discrimination. SB 197 – also known as the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act” – would have allowed businesses the legal right to discriminate against anyone based on a religion-based desire not to be involved in “a marriage […]

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OK GOP Bill Will Allow Ten Commandments on State Property

Ten Commandments Monument Oklahoma

In an attempt to circumvent a state Supreme Court decision stating that having a Ten Commandments monument on state property constitutes a breach of state and federal law surrounding establishment of religion, the Oklahoma GOP just pushed a bill through the Oklahoma legislature designating Ten Commandment monuments as historically significant and deserving of placement on public grounds. House Bill 2177 – proposed by state Representative John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) […]

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Oklahoma: SB 450 Would Force Religion on Students

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools & promotion of religion using tax money via school vouchers

Legislation flying unchallenged through the Oklahoma legislature would allow unmitigated proselytization in public schools. SB 450 – also known as the ‘Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act’ for Schools – would protect “voluntary religious expression in the classroom.” While student prayer in public schools is already protected under the First Amendment, SB 450 takes this much, much further to the point of allowing students to […]

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OK GOP: Pregnant Women are “Hosts” Without Autonomy

Oklahoma GOP: Pregnant Women are "Hosts" Without Autonomy - HB1441 proposed by Rep Justin Humphrey

Because he believes women lose bodily autonomy when they become pregnant, Oklahoma state Rep. Justin Humphrey (R) just proposed legislation requiring written permission from male sexual partners for all abortions. HB 1441 – labeled as a bill “prohibiting abortion to be performed without consent of the father” – aims remove all bodily autonomy from women thereby rationalizing unconstitutional hurdles to obtain safe and legal abortion. […]

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Oklahoma GOP Proposes Extremist RFRA Legislation

Oklahoma GOP Sen Joseph Silk Proposes Extremist RFRA Legislation

Attempting to set the standard two years in a row for the most extreme and anti-gay pieces of legislation nationally, the Oklahoma legislature will consider a RFRA-style bill this session targeting LGBTQ people that also has the effect of broadly discriminating against the general  population. SB 197 – also known as the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act” – would allow businesses to […]

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Oklahoma’s Christian Government Prayer for Pollution

Mary Fallin's Oklahoma Oil Prayer

A while back, Juanita Jean posted a news item that goes a long way toward explaining why it has become so difficult to recognize and distinguish between satirical internet sites and those reporting legitimate news. In fact, she began the post by reciting the steps she’d taken to ensure that this bizarre proclamation was real. It seems that the oil […]

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Texas Leads 11 States in Title IX Transgender Lawsuit

Title IX transgender bathroom

After announcing the state of Texas would be suing the federal government for their trans-inclusive interpretation of Title IX, it now appears that eleven states total are joining together to sue the government with Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton leading the charge. Joining Texas in the lawsuit are Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia as well […]

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Oklahoma GOP Proposes ‘Emergency’ Transgender Bill

transgender inclusive bathroom

Oklahoma Republican leadership just proposed “emergency” legislation to discriminate against transgender students. The proposal follows one legislator’s efforts to insert a transphobic amendment into the state’s budget talks. Jointly proposed by state Sen. Brian Bingman (R) and House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman (R), SB1619 would allow students to “submit to the board of education of the school district a request for a religious […]

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OK GOP Assembling HB2-Style Transgender Budget Amendment

Joseph Silk and the Oklahoma GOP are seeking to insert a transgender budget amendment to the state budget

Seeking to enshrine gender identity discrimination into state law, Oklahoma GOP politicians are assembling an amendment mirroring North Carolina’s transphobic HB2 to attach to the state budget. The budget bill is scheduled to go to a vote between now and the end of the congressional session next week meaning Republicans are waiting until the very last minute to shove unconstitutional […]

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OK Passes Bill to Reestablish Ten Commandments Display

Ten Commandments Monument Oklahoma

Following the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling ordering the state to remove a Ten Commandments monument on state property last year Christians in the legislature began working toward a ‘workaround’ to reestablish the monument. Last month the legislature overwhelmingly passed a measure to amend the state constitution to remove the section prohibiting taxpayer money and resources from being used for religious purposes. […]

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