Rumors rumored to become chief source of public relations

The slow music that I have been looking forward to for the past two years finally plays, reverberating against the hallowed walls of the chapel. Tears stream down faces of my parents and other onlookers as my mother chokes back her own. This day has taken far too long to arrive, and now that it is here, few can hardly believe it. I look out beyond the platform to see my lovely bride slowly cantering toward me.

The moment has come, and as I lift the veil of my soon-to-be wife, I am enveloped with a sense of love — and acceptance. The vows are said, and my wife’s response, “baa,” warms my heart. Now, it is time for me and my goat-wife to begin our life together.

While this is a very far-fetched dramatization, many people fear that this is exactly what will happen if marriage equality comes to be. This fear and idea has been tossed around by many legislators across the country, including in the state of Oklahoma. However, one particular legislator, Mike Turner, has possibly let his fears get the better of him.

Not too long ago, a federal judge ruled a voter-sanctioned law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between heterosexual couples unconstitutional. In a last-ditch effort to keep marriage equality from coming about in the extremely conservative state of Oklahoma, he has presented a new idea less than two weeks later: state lawmakers are now considering banning all marriages.
This does not mean people will be unable to get married; however, it means that the state will no longer have anything to do with this procedure.

Turner is currently arguing from the standpoint that marriage is defined as a “spiritual covenant,” rather than a legally binding contract. From this point he makes the stand that the state government should never have had a say in marriage at all due to the separation of church and state. This argument seems to have actually made an impact amongst other Oklahoman legislators, and the only thing that scares me about this is the possibility of divorce.

With all of the research I did on the internet about this possible bill, I never saw anything in regard to divorce. Whether this is due to my poor research skills, or legislators failing to plan that far ahead is unclear. Without a legally binding contract within the marriage, I’m not sure if divorce is even possible.

With the familiar separation between church and state becoming more and more unclear here, it’s almost welcoming that it is returned to the way it was originally stated in the constitution: a clear separation. Despite that it’s also comical. I find myself undecided in whether or not I agree with his suggestion, but I can consistently make fun of his reasons for it without feeling bad at all.

As I said previously, what brought all of this nonsense about was a federal judge’s ruling that the Oklahoman law banning gay marriage was unconstitutional. This was a huge blow to many conservative residents of our state. Once this ruling came about, legislators knew that this was their last chance to keep marriage equality from coming to be.

Without the ability to simply keep it illegal, the only other alternative was to throw this responsibility and decision at someone else: the church.

I can’t help but laugh every time I hear this; the Oklahoma legislature was so desperate to keep gay marriage out of the state that they just chose not to deal with marriage at all. While this seems ridiculous to many people, it may end up being a good thing to happen in our state.

After the satanic statue “scare” it is apparent that the state needs a more firm separation, and though jumping straight to marriage may be skipping a few smaller steps on the ladder, it may be just what southern residents need to jolt them into paying more attention to what’s actually happening in our government due to their intolerance and fear.