Here in Oklahoma we are one of the 18 states who already have the protection within our constitution. In April 2004, Oklahoma legislators passed an amendment to the state constitution that would deny marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships to same-sex couples. On November 2004, we voted in favor of this amendment. It is now law. We won by a huuuge margin. One state I recall, Mississippi won by a 6-1 margin. Therefore in Oklahoma, SSM is illegal as stated within our constitution.
Posted 11/8/2005 9:04 PM Updated 11/8/2005 11:05 PM
Texas voters approve ban on gay marriage
By Martin Kasindorf, USA TODAY (AP) — Texas voters approved amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriages Tuesday, making it the 19th state to take such action. The vote came as seven states around the nation considered 39 various ballot initiatives.
In another contentious vote, Ohio rejected overhauling election laws. On the ballot in Washington state was a rollback of a gasoline-tax increase. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was pushing a cap on state spending.
In California's special election, ordered by Schwarzenegger, the eight statewide propositions included four that pitted the Republican governor against the Democrat-controlled Legislature and unions of government workers.
One of Schwarzenegger's initiatives would limit state spending and give him more power to make budget cuts. Another proposal would make it easier to fire teachers. A third initiative would require public-employee unions to get members' consent to use dues for politics.
The governor also supported shifting the power to draw congressional and state legislative districts from the Legislature to three retired judges.
A separate California proposition would require doctors to notify parents that a teenage girl wanted an abortion.
Ohioans rejected a neutral commission that would have mapped political districts instead of the Legislature. Ohio also voted down transferring oversight of state elections from the elected secretary of state to a bipartisan commission.
In Texas, the Legislature had passed a law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but proponents of placing the measure in the constitution said it would guard against future court decisions. Similar measures are heading for the ballot next year in several states. Same-sex marriage is legal only in Massachusetts.
Maine considered whether to keep or toss out a law that protects gay men and lesbians from discrimination in employment, housing and education. The referendum marked the third time the Legislature had approved the anti-discrimination law and voters petitioned to put it on the ballot. Voters narrowly rejected the gay rights laws in 1998 and 2000.
In Washington state, voters considered a statewide ban on smoking in public places that would be the USA's most restrictive. Smokers would risk a $100 fine for lighting up outdoors within 25 feet of a building entrance. Another measure would limit damage awards and attorney fees in medical-malpractice cases. Doctors could lose their license if they are found to have committed malpractice three times. Voters also were deciding whether to veto a 9.5-cent-a-gallon hike in gasoline taxes that the Legislature passed.
New Jersey voted on whether to create the office of lieutenant governor. Seven states do not have that office. Recently, two New Jersey governors left office early, leaving the state Senate president as the chief executive while also ruling the Senate.