You may or may not know, but after the Nov. 4th election, Oklahoma was deemed the Reddest State in the Nation. The LGBT community is going to be under serious attack in Oklahoma for the next few years, as the Republican Fundimentalist have taken over both the State House and the State Senate, as well. Many anti-gay bills that have died in committee in years before are destined to be re-filed and it will take a lot of work to get them killed before they are put to a vote.
Rep. Sally Kern (of "gays are terrorists" fame) was the first to re-file her Religious Viewpoints Bill for the upcoming session. Gossip-Boy also found out that Kern and others will introduce a bill to outlaw gay adoption and foster care in Oklahoma, as well as not recognizing gay adoptions from other states. A bill like this passed several years ago and it was ruled by the 10th Circuit Court to be unconstitutional. But obvoiusly these people could care less about the Constitution and more about wasting the tax payers money on frivoulous bills that will be struck down.
This same Rep. Kern is apparently in cahoots with the Oklahoma City Mayor who is wanting a 2010 Gubernatorial bid. He has asked Kern's Pastor husband to give him 3 people to be on the Library Commission. Yes, it sounds silly, right, but this is how Kern got her start in the media - fighting the book King and King (a children's book about gay marriage) from being in the library. They want to erradicate all the gay themed books from the library.
http://www. gossip-boy. com/Cornett_and_Library. html is a transcript of a phone call made by a journalist to Kern about these appointments. It is just appalling and scary. In the course of the conversation he says "We have to get rid of that and start curing those sinners. It’s past time that this nation stopped placating sin and start putting them in education programs. Courts can force drug offenders into treatment centers and violent people into anger management. There’s no reason our courts can’t do that with homos."
Oklahoman's need to wake up and realize that we are being overrun by religious fundimentalists who are set on erradicating the LGBT community, not just suppressing it. This is serious and a great threat to our families and our future. We will need all the help we can get from within and outside our state.
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