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Opinion

January 19, 2014

A more diverse Oklahoma is approaching

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

After a federal judge ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Representative James Lankford quickly came out against the ruling.

The 2004 vote on this issue confirmed Oklahoman’s view that a marriage should be between a man and a woman, but as much as we struggle with the idea of a gay couple being married, we must come to the realization that gay marriage will be legal in all states, maybe quicker than we think.

Instead of taking the traditional Oklahoma approach of preaching about values and telling others how sinful they are, we need to really think about how we want to treat our fellow Oklahomans because it will take a cohesive, diverse population to catapult this state into a prosperous future.

Oklahoma politicians are especially in no position to talk about values. Oklahomans are hard working, dedicated individuals who want happiness, freedom and good health.

Gay people are no different. Gay people in Oklahoma are our doctors, nurses, paramedics, firemen, policemen, construction workers, state employees, oil field workers and teachers. But more importantly, gay people are our family, friends and neighbors.

The leaders of this great state should focus on how to make all Oklahomans live a better life, not just a select few. Passing judgment on others by commenting on divisive issues that have nothing to do with our protection and our economy will only hold Oklahoma back, while the rest of the country is moving forward.

JASON WEGER

Norman

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