Oklahoma Senate passes gay marriage resolution with voice vote as message intended for president
3:16 PM, Apr 16, 2013
3:18 PM, Apr 16, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A nonbinding resolution to reaffirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act has been approved in the Oklahoma Senate.
The resolution sponsored by Norman Republican Sen. Rob Standridge was quickly adopted Tuesday on a voice vote. The House passed the resolution unanimously last week, but more than a dozen representatives walked out of the chamber instead of voting.
The bill does not have the force or effect of law. Its authors say it is meant to send a message to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments in two cases related to same-sex marriage rights.