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Gazette staff May 23rd, 2012

Are state lawmakers getting a little punchy as the legislative session comes to an end?

Brad Gregg

After President Obama voiced support for gay marriage, the Oklahoma Senate wasted little time passing what Tim Matheson in Animal House would have termed “a really futile and stupid gesture.” A resolution authored by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and overwhelmingly passed by the Senate on May 14 reaffirmed that the Senate supports marriage being between a man and a woman. And if there’s one thing politicians love — at least when standing beside their spouses — it’s the sanctity of “traditional marriage.”

Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, was among four senators questioning the need for the resolution. Chicken-Fried News doesn’t know why Wilson was quizzical. Does the reason for Jolley’s resolution have anything to do with him being challenged in the GOP primary by an avowed gay-bashing minister, Rev. Paul Blair?

At any rate, Wilson decided to add a little kerosene to the silliness fire, proposing a resolution of his own affirming support for the constitutional definition of marriage.

In so doing, Wilson took a page from the playbook of fellow Sen. Constance Johnson, who sought to undermine an anti-abortion personhood bill earlier this session by pushing an amendment to make masturbation illegal (calm down, gang — that amendment, like the personhood legislation, is deader than ejaculate on Kleenex).

Have Senate Democrats caught the comedy bug? After all, Johnson’s legislative prank attracted a segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Let’s see if any lawmakers manage to shoehorn in a “what’s the deal with airplane food?” reference in an 11th-hour appropriations bill.

 
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