Apollo as god

In mythology, Apollo is one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo )

Monday, January 27, 2014

Banning Marriage in Oklahoma -- Spiting Your Nose to Save Your Face

Banning Marriage in Oklahoma -- 
Spiting Your Nose to Save Your Face

I agree in part:  Ban Marriage in Oklahoma 

With Ministers Disallowed by the State

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond) is toying with a bill in the Oklahoma legislature that if passed would ban all marriages, including opposite-gender marriage, in Oklahoma in order to disallow the real possibility of same-gender marriage happening in Oklahoma.  Such a bill also gets another chance for the Legislature to cast gay people as the villains of Oklahoma society.   He thinks this is clever, but it's another example of the religiously righteous spiting their nose to save their face.
As journalist Frosty Troy often says, no one is safe when the Oklahoma Legislature is in session.
Federal District Judge Terence Kern ruled earlier in January, 2014 that Oklahoma's mini-DOMA law, aka SQ 711 outlawing same-gender marriage, is unconstitutional and this ruling is now on the road to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.  Possibly it will be folded into a very similar ruling and appeal that occurred in Utah shortly before Judge Kern's opinion was issued.

A better solution to Turner's "marriage proposal" would be to disallow ministers as representatives of the state.
We've all heard ministers end their marriage services with "...by the power invested in me by the state of Oklahoma..." and this has confused many of them into thinking they are "officials" of the state as if they were appointed or elected. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Houses of worship should continue to conduct services according to their dogma but WITHOUT the state sanction currently in place.  Under a totally neutral marriage law couples, both straight and gay, would present themselves to the county clerk where they reside, pay the fee, present the required documents, sign the papers, and make themselves spouses under the law. Should the couple want a religious observance then that is still available to them under the First Amendment.  

No minister could then confuse him/herself as a state official with judicial power to interpret state law.  What better way to educate the religiously occluded that the state issues the marriage license, not their god.  Any subsequent blessing is optional.

Could anything be simpler? 

1 comment:

  1. And if Judge Kern's ruling stands it makes no difference how many times Oklahoma voters pass it. In addition, the Atny-Gen. would be derelict in his duties if he allowed it to be placed on a ballot in spite of a ruling from a Federal appeals court or SCOTUS.