Oklahomans Weigh In After Gay Marriage Ruled Constitutional

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Gay rights advocates gathered in a Tahlequah park recently to demonstrate their support of gay marriage.


The Tahlequality group’s picnic event hosted more than 600 people.


The topic of gay marriage is highly debated throughout the state of Oklahoma, with a ruling coming Friday that gays can legally marry in Oklahoma.


"I'm against gay marriage, I come from a biblical standpoint," said Bill Hayward, a pastor at a local church.


Counties are not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, though, because the appeals court ruling is on hold.


"I believe that it's against God, and against the Bible," Hayward said.


As supporters wait for a final decision, the issue is being appealed to the United States Supreme Court.


"It's an issue of equality," said Carden Crow, the president of the Tahlequality LGBT-rights group based in Tahlequah.


The Tahlequality group defines themselves as representatives of the LGBT community.


"[We are] a community coming together, a sense of camaraderie, for our LGBT2Q community," Crow said.


The Tahlequality group says times have changed, and that gay rights shouldn’t be based on faith.


"I think it's less about marriage, and a title, than it is about equality," Crow said.


However, not everyone agrees.


"I don't believe [the law] should be altered at all, one nation under God," Hayward said.

"That's what our government, and our country, was established on."


Crow married in another state, but says by Oklahoma law, she has to claim on legal documents that she is single.


"I'm not single, I've been married to the same woman for 14 years,” Crow said.


Crow says this movement is about more than marriage ceremonies.


"It's very simple, for me, it would mean equality. It would mean not being a second class citizen," Crow said.


Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has promised to appeal the ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • Richard

    Firstly, we do not live in a theocracy… where we are ruled by a religion’s leaders. If you want that… there are some Middle East muslim countries you can move to.
    Second, just because a majority vote to deny rights to a minority, that doesn’t make it automatically constitutional. If that was the case, then Christians could vote to deny people from other religions the right to marry as well.. or right-handed people could pass laws against left-handed people. The Supreme Court protects everyone from “the tyranny of the majority”, so all people’s rights are protcted equally, not just those who belong to a group who are larger in number than another group.
    Thirdly, if you look at other countries who have marriage equality, you would see it hasn’t affected straight couples’ marriages at all. All it does is allow two consenting adults to have their relationship be recognized by the state and receive equal protections and benefits that marriage recognition provides.

      • Richard

        ńThere should never have been a vote on a constitutional amendment in the first place….
        There only reason there was a vote was for Republicans to take advantage of the situation and get their supporters to the polls so they could capitalize on the issue. It wasn’t only in Oklahoma… in lots of states the same tactic was used. It is sad that fear and religion were used to pass such discriminatory amendments in the first place.

  • Greg

    Clearly Rev. Hayward missed the memo about the US being “under God” It’s only been since the mid 1950’s, out of Cold War paranoia, that that phrase entered the U.S. Public Policy. ie: displayed on currency and added to the pledge. What about the 180 years prior?

  • Kevin

    Keep waving that silly flag and ignoring real issues. Putin gets bolder everyday since all our government worries about is g*y rights. Keep it up and we’ll be on the wrong end of a nuke. Then the cutesy rainbow flag will be the least of your worries.

    • Richard

      When Putin was passing laws against gays in Russia this past year, many Republicans were cheering Putin while Obama sounded the alarm at such blatant repression.
      It’s funny how now Republicans are saying Obama isn’t being strong enough against Putin, I guess they finally got their lips off Putin’s behind and can speak against him for a change.

      • Kevin

        Which Republicans supported Putin? You can’t just throw that out there and not support it with facts that can proved true. I really doubt any politician dems or republicans would publicly support anything Putin said or did.

  • Nona Mary

    Dear Reverend Bill Hayward, It’s nice to know that you stand by the Bible. When do you plan to begin stonings?
    Deuteronomy 22:21 20″But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin, 21then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you. 22″If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.…

      • Jay

        The Old Testament is still part of the bible. I’m sure you’re like most Christians that just pick and choose what parts of the bible you want to live by Kevin.

    • HL

      Reverend Hayward isn’t promoting the stoning or killing of anyone. He’s merely stating that this issue is against God. And according to the Bible, it is. The reverend is simply following the Bible. That’s what ministers are supposed to do. Isn’t it?

  • Kevin

    Jay if we went by the old testament churches would still be sacrificing animals. You should attend a local church and learn all about it!

  • Kevin

    Jay believe it or not there are Atheists against g*y marriage not just Christians. There are multiple websites where Atheist groups give their reasons and none of them are religious obviously. I would list them but there are far too many and too lengthy you know how atheists love their science to back everything up.

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