Release: May 18, 2004
Senate GOP Leader James A. Williamson
Radical Homosexual Group Misleading Public About
Marriage Protection Amendment
Cimarron Equality Oklahoma, a radical homosexual
organization, is deliberately misleading the public about
the Marriage Protection Constitutional Amendment that is
scheduled for a public vote this November.
“Cimarron is misleading the public about
the Marriage Protection Amendment in an attempt to scare
Oklahoma voters into voting against it. They know that 80
percent of Oklahoma voters oppose legalizing same-sex marriages,
so they’re trying to dupe the public in order to advance
their radical agenda,” said Senate GOP Leader James
Williamson, the author of the amendment.
Cimarron chairman Terry Gatewood said in recent
radio and television interviews that the Marriage Protection
Amendment would ban private companies from offering “domestic
partner” benefits to unmarried or homosexual employees.
Mr. Gatewood insinuated that adoption of the amendment would
force businesses that offer these types of benefits, such
as Boeing or American Airlines, out of the state.
“I have consulted with the Senate’s
general counsel, and he agrees with my position that the
Marriage Protection Amendment does not in any way limit
a company’s ability to run its business in a way it
sees fit,” Williamson said.
“The fact is that the Marriage Protection
Amendment is about protecting traditional marriage in Oklahoma
– which is even more important now that Massachusetts
has started legally marrying same sex couples,” stated
the Tulsa Republican.
“The Marriage Protection Amendment does
not restrict private companies or organizations from offering
domestic partner benefits or any other private benefits
to homosexual employees. However, it does prohibit judges
or government officials from forcing companies or organizations
to offer such benefits,” Williamson said.
Williamson said the Marriage Protection Amendment
(House Bill 2259) accomplishes four things:
1) Defines marriage in Oklahoma as only between
one man and one woman.
2) Prohibits judges or government officials from interpreting
the state constitution or state law as requiring that the
benefits or legal incidents of marriage must be conferred
upon unmarried groups or couples.
3) Prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex “marriages”
performed in other states.
4) Makes it a misdemeanor to issue a marriage license that
does not comply with this amendment.
“Contrary to Cimarron’s assertion
that the Marriage Protection Amendment will somehow hurt
Oklahoma economically, I believe we can use it to sell our
state as a family-friendly place where traditional values
still mean something. Standing up for our Oklahoma values
will actually enhance our state’s ability to attract
new businesses and jobs,” Williamson said.
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