Oklahoma House passes gay marriage resolution 84-0, backing federal Defense of Marriage act
4:51 PM, Apr 8, 2013
4:52 PM, Apr 8, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma House has approved -- without a single negative vote but with some members walking out -- a resolution reaffirming marriage as between a man and a woman and supporting the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages.
The House approved the resolution Monday on an 84-0 vote. House Democratic Leader Scott Inman and openly gay Rep. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City were among more than half of the chamber's 29 Democrats who walked out of the chamber instead of voting.
The resolution now heads to the state Senate.
The resolution would not carry the weight of law. Its supporters say it's meant as a message to the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage rights.