If you thought the GOP couldn’t act any more like a theocratic regime than it already does, you’ll be slightly disappointed by this story coming out of Oklahoma.
According to a report form the Daily Oklahoman, GOP Rep. Todd Russ has submitted a bill that says “an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination” would be allowed to sign marriage certificates.
Under his plan, a religious official would sign a couple’s marriage certificate, which would then be filed with the clerk. Marriages would no longer be performed by judges. If a couple did not have a religious official to preside over their wedding, they could file an affidavit of common law marriage.
“Marriages are not supposed to be a government thing anyway,” he said Wednesday.
Russ, a credentialed Assemblies of God minister, is upset with rulings that have supported same-sex marriage.
“There’s a lot of constituents and people across the state who are not through pushing back on the federal government for the slam down they’ve given us with Supreme Court rulings,” he said.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an atheist group, slammed the bill in a statement:
“Bills like this aren’t really about religious freedom, but about control,” the statement read. “Russ and his allies in the legislature want to legally enforce a definition of marriage that has spiritual significance to them, and they find the idea that marriage means other, equally important things to different people intolerable. State legislatures, however, don’t exist to pass doctrinal mandates.”
Watch a report from KSWO in the video below: