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Okla. Supreme Court Nixes Capitol Display Of Ten Commandments

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the capitol building in Oklahoma City is unconstitutional, a decision that dealt a serious blow to the idea that government-sponsored religious symbols are merely ceremonial.

In its 7-2 ruling, Oklahoma’s high court said in June that the Ten Commandments are “obviously” a religious text, and the Oklahoma Constitution prohibits the use of public property to support a particular religion. Read more

Display Defeated: Okla. Supreme Court Strikes Down Statehouse Ten Commandments Monument

The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently said a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the capitol building in Oklahoma City is unconstitutional. This is not only a big win for those who value church-state separation, it’s also a serious blow to the idea that government-sponsored religious symbols are merely ceremonial. Read more

Okla. Legislature Sends Marriage Bills To Governor

Both chambers of the Oklahoma legislature have passed bills that would allow individuals to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. S.B. 788 would allow public officials, like court clerks, to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses; H.B. 1007 applies specifically to members of clergy. Read more

Okla. Legislators Take Aim At AP High School Courses In American History

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are out to whitewash Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History courses, and if they succeed the state’s students will pay the price.

The measure, HB 1380, was introduced in February by Rep. Dan Fisher (R-Yukon). If passed, it would end funding for AP U.S. History classes and require the Oklahoma Department of Education to scrutinize the AP curriculum. Although it only addresses history classes, it could be extended to other AP courses if it passes. Read more

Marriage Mess: Okla. Bill Tries But Fails To Remove The State From The Wedding Business

The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would, critics claim, throw the current laws on civil marriage in the state into chaos. HB 1125, sponsored by State Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), would require couples to have a member of the clergy or another registered officiant solemnize the wedding and issue a marriage certificate.  The bill would eliminate marriage licenses altogether. Read more

Okla. Legislator Seeks To Outlaw Marriage For Atheists

Alarmed by the spread of same-sex marriage, Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell) has proposed a bill that would prohibit judges and other public officials from performing weddings and issuing marriage licenses.

Licenses would have to be approved by a clergy person in order to be valid, and there are restrictions on which clergy can approve marriage licenses. Read more

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