Senate Republican Leader James A. Williamson, the architect of the “Marriage Protection Constitutional Amendment,” praised the House of Representatives for passing House Bill 2259 Thursday on a 92 to 4 vote.
“This is a proud day for the people of Oklahoma and for the Oklahoma Legislature, and I want to thank the House of Representatives for its quick consideration of the Marriage Protection Amendment,” stated Williamson, R-Tulsa.
“Oklahomans deserve the right to vote to protect traditional marriage, and they’ll get a chance to do so this November,” he said.
HB 2259 sends to a vote of the people a proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage in Oklahoma as only between one man and one woman and prohibits the state from recognizing homosexual unions performed in other states.
Today’s House vote was made possible when last week the Senate adopted Williamson’s amendment gutting HB 2259’s original language and replacing it with language to send the Marriage Protection Amendment to a vote in this fall’s general election.