The State of Oklahoma may become the first state where marriage licenses are issued predominantly for gay men.
The surprising development comes as a direct consequence of House Bill 1125 sponsored by Republican State Representative Todd Russ. Bill 1125 restricts marriage to only “people of faith”. The Bill was approved by the Oklahoma State House on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 and is on its way for approval by Republican-dominated Congress.
While there are many in Oklahoma who consider themselves people of faith, there is no disagreement that the only ones who truly fit that bill are the Oklahoma clergy: priests, bishops and other members of the Church who have devoted their lives to serving God.
Gay men constitute between 53-58% of Oklahoma’s clergy. The relatively small uncertainty in that estimate comes from clergy who identify themselves as “mostly gay” as opposed to “gay”, which leaves it up to debate whether they should be included in that percentage.
Oklahoma plans to revoke all previously issued marriage licenses which may involve people who may not truly be “people of faith”. The State will the then start issuing marriage licenses anew, i.e, start with a clean Bill. Experts agree that because of the specificity of the law, mostly members of the clergy will be sufficiently eligible to be considered truly people of faith, and will therefore constitute the majority of approved marriages.
This will make Oklahoma the first state in the history of the U.S., where more than half of all married couples will be gay.
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