Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The media and activists are now claiming there is marriage equality. That is like saying there was freedom for all men in the early years of the United States. One of your calling points- the founders claim freedom but not for all. This is the same. You claim there is marriage equality – but it is only for the privileged.
There are millions born with a proclivity for multiple spouses. However, I did not see anyone marching and calling for equality for bigamist marriage. Where is their equality? Bigaphobes!
There are millions who are born with an affinity for tweens. Where is the equality for the 40 year old wanting to marry their 13 year old consensual lover? Where are the people enabling the love of a 14 and 12 year old that were born with a higher maturity than average and wish to only express their love in matrimony?Where is their equality? Pediphobes!
Equality in marriage? I hardly think so. Is equality special privileges for a few while the people you decide are not “normal” are left out of society? If so then you have marital equality.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
School employees will soon be protected from liability for acting in their official duty at school functions under legislation signed into law Tuesday. Senate Bill 5, by retired educator Sen. Ron Sharp and Rep. Josh Cockroft, will provide immunity from liability for teachers and other school employees for use of necessary and reasonable force to control and discipline a student during any authorized school function.
“This bill is about keeping both students and school employees safe. When there’s an altercation, be it in a classroom or other school function, school employees should be able to do whatever is necessary to stop it. Sometimes, physical restraint of a student is required to calm the individual down and stop the fight,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “Unfortunately, because of fear of lawsuits, some school employees won’t get involved but will simply call for help allowing more time to pass and the fight to escalate, which can be extremely dangerous for everyone involved. This bill will allow school employees to use reasonable force to stop an altercation without fear of being sued by the kids’ family.”
SB 5 provides liability protection to school employees for the use of necessary and reasonable force to control and discipline a student during school hours, in transit to or from the school, or any other function authorized by the school district.
The new law will go into effect November 1, 2015.
Sens. Anthony Sykes and Dan Newberry Wednesday said the Legislature has acted to protect religious liberty with the passage of Senate Bill 788 and House Bill 1007. Authored by Newberry, SB 788 would prevent any church or clergyman from being required to solemnize a marriage in violation of his or her right to the free exercise of religion as protected under the First Amendment.
Newberry said the passage of SB 788 marked an important victory for clergy members.
“This legislation will ensure that clergy members are not forced to act in violation of their religious beliefs or conscience,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “Given the decision of the Supreme Court not to take up our appeal of a lower court’s ruling on our ban on same-sex marriage, it was critical that the Legislature take action this session to defend religious liberty. With the passage of these two bills, we have fulfilled our promise to protect religious liberty in Oklahoma.”
Sykes, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised passage of the measures, saying the Legislature has taken strong action to protect members of the clergy. Both bills were heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The Senate remains dedicated to supporting and defending the rights of clergy members,” said Sykes, R-Moore. “Senate Bill 788 and House Bill 1007 provide meaningful protections and affirm our commitment to defending religious liberty.”
Rap. David Brumbaugh, author of HB 1007, said the measures were critical for protecting clergy members.
“HB 1007 precludes pastors or religious officials from violating their conscience or religious beliefs to solemnize or recognize a marriage that violates their beliefs. With 66 lawsuits nationwide pastors are rightfully concerned about civil claims or cause of action for public accommodation.”
Rep. John Echols, House sponsor of SB 788, said he was pleased by the approval of both measures.
“The passage of these laws sends a clear message that the Legislature has acted to protect religious liberty. I am pleased we were able to pass legislation to implement meaningful protections for members of the clergy.
The House of Representative approved SB 788 by a vote of 87-8. House Bill 1007 includes language similar to SB 788 and was approved in the Senate by a vote of 38-5.