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Five things to know about Thursday’s same-sex marriage hearing

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled earlier this year that Oklahoma’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Kern’s ruling was immediately stayed, and an appeal was filed with the federal appeals court in Denver. It could take months for the circuit court to issue a ruling on Oklahoma’s case, and many believe the issue

DNA will not be taken from suspects

The author, Rep. Lee Denney, R-Stillwater, said the addition to the law enforcement database would help solve cold cases. The House was like, “Whatevs,” and killed it with a vote of 51-35, the Associated Press reported. There were emotional pleas from both sides of the aisle about unsolved murders, catching repeat offenders and preventing further

Bill pulled that would have defunded Oklahoma Arts Council

House Bill 2850, which proposed a 25 percent reduction in funding over the next four years, was pulled by its author.  In a to Oklahoma Gazette, his administrative assistant, Lindsay Gasaway, confirmed that pulled the bill “rather than run a bill that was going to fail” and would not get the necessary votes needed to

Marijuana rally scheduled Wednesday

Medical Marijuana Day will consist of lobbying, advocacy and training, according to Norma Sapp, director of the Oklahoma chapter of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). An advocacy training session in Room 104 is slated for 10 a.m. The meeting is designed to help citizens understand the most effective way to lobby their

Mane issue

Opponents of a horse slaughter bill protested in downtown OKC March 4. Credit: Mark Hancock Two measures alive in the state Legislature, House Bill 1999 and Senate Bill 375, would allow for the humane slaughter of horses while maintaining a ban on the sale of horse meat for human consumption in the state. The bills

Bills of goods, the sequel

Credit: Brad Gregg Well, wouldn’t yah know, we couldn’t get to ’em all. So here are more. Several bills seek to prohibit the use of “foreign” (read: Sharia) law in court. Speaking of foreigners, a proposal by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma, House Bill 1866, would require that a charter school’s board members and top administrators

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