Representative Jason Nelson (R) of the State of Oklahoma House of Representatives has introduced a "shell" bill to amend a current bill that imprisons anyone of the Gospel (which for some reason only targets Christians?) who performs a same-sex ceremony in the state of Oklahoma, regardless of the fact that they are not recognized by the state. We all know that preachers, pastors, and priests perform these on a regular basis,
Here is the current bill with the proposed amendments:
(Only available in word.doc, but here's the important quote)
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION 1. AMENDATORY 43 O.S. 2001, Section 14, is amended to read as follows:
Section 14. Any minister of the Gospel, or other person authorized to solemnize the rites of matrimony within this state, who shall knowingly solemnize the rites of matrimony between persons prohibited by this chapter, from intermarrying shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) and imprisonment in the State Penitentiary custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years.
While this guy is just amending this bill that was PASSED in 2001, and that is rarely if ever inforced, the fact that he is amending it, "just in case"- as he stated in an interview, is completely disturbing.