Oklahoma lawmakers file against transgender guidance

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Oklahoma City (AP) – Conservative Oklahoma lawmakers filed legislation May 19 opposing the federal government’s guidance on the use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.

With just one week remaining before the Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn, Republican lawmakers filed two measures opposing the guidance that calls for transgender students to be treated consistently with their gender identity.

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Oklahoma schools’ bathrooms may exclude transgender students

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Oklahoma City (AP) – Oklahoma school districts could be required to provide restrooms that exclude some transgender students under a bill advancing through the Legislature.

The Oklahoma Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget approved Senate Bill 1619 on May 20 by a vote of 20-15.

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Man quits fight over license plate supporting gay rights

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A central Oklahoma man is dropping his fight for a personalized license plate supporting gay rights due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that he said diminished his chances for a favorable outcome.

John P. Keefe of Edmond said he’s ending legal action against the Oklahoma Tax Commission for denying him a plate that would have read “LGBTALY,” an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ally.

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Oklahoma man continues fight for LGBT license plate

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man denied a personalized license plate supporting gay rights is asking a judge to force a state agency to fulfill his open records requests that he says were ignored.

John P. Keefe of Edmond filed a petition May 11 in Oklahoma County District Court, asking a judge to intervene and order the Oklahoma Tax Commission to provide the documents, The Oklahoman reported.

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Oklahoma to pay $300K in fees in same-sex marriage case

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Tulsa County in Oklahoma will pay nearly $300,000 in attorney fees that were incurred during its unsuccessful defense of Oklahoma’s ban on same sex-marriage.

The Tulsa World reports a district judge awarded attorneys for a lesbian couple almost $300,000 in fees and costs related to the county’s appeal of a lower court ruling. Three attorneys for the couple had requested almost $400,000 in attorney fees and nearly $2,000 in costs.

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Oklahoma signs religious freedom legislation into law

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that allows ministers to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if such marriages conflict with their religious beliefs.

Fallin said May 1 that the law will protect the constitutional and religious rights of Oklahomans.

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Alabama senator wants state out of marriage license business

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A state senator who wants to take Alabama out of the marriage license business says he’s not targeting same-sex couples but trying to remove government from the process.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on April 29 approved a bill by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, that would do away with current state marriage licenses issued by probate judges. Instead, couples would take a contract witnessed by a couple’s pastor, attorney or other witness and record the document at the court.

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Oklahoma bill deletes protection for gay Uber riders

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Oklahoma City (AP) – A bill that sets up a regulatory framework in Oklahoma for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate on April 15, but not before a provision protecting gay and transgender passengers from discrimination was removed.

The version of the “Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act” that passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a 35-11 vote defines such companies as those that use a digital network or software application to connect passengers and drivers.

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Oklahoma House passes bill shifting marriage license authority from state to clergy

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that shifts the issuance of marriage licenses from the state to members of the clergy.

House members voted 67-24 for the measure March 10 and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

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Oklahoma bill could allow ministers to refuse to license gay weddings

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill that would allow Oklahoma ministers to be immune from civil liability for refusing to officiate a same-sex marriage has cleared a House committee.

The bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. David Brumbaugh passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with a 7-2 vote. It now heads to the full House for consideration.

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Gay rights groups oppose Oklahoma bills, name them anti-gay

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Oklahoma City (AP) – Gay rights supporters say Oklahoma is at the forefront of a wave of anti-gay legislation that is unfairly discriminatory and they plan to launch a campaign to oppose more than a dozen bills introduced for the session that begins next week.

Some measures would give broad authority to businesses and corporations to discriminate against gay people. Others would ensure court clerks wouldn’t have to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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A look at how same-sex marriage is unfolding in 11 states

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The Supreme Court on Oct. 6 denied appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin in which those states sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. The decision also means couples in six other states—Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming—should be able to get married soon.

The development effectively raises the number of states with legal same-sex marriage from 19 to 30—a majority of U.S. states—and means that as many as 60% of Americans will be living in states that have legalized the practice.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the 11 states affected by the Supreme Court’s denial:

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