Republican Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ, often thought of as an anti-gay blithering idiot, has finally come to his senses and introduced House Bill 1125 to get the state government out of the marriage business altogether.
The move stunned marriage equality advocates nationwide because it’s the first piece of legislation to embody what many have long been seeking: an end to the entangling of government and church in the sacrament of holy matrimony.
Under the Russ bill, judges won’t perform marriages and county clerks won’t issue marriage licenses. The ceremonies will be performed by clergy of the various faiths, who will then file a declaration with the county clerk. Those who choose to avoid clergy participation can simply file an affidavit of common law marriage with the county clerk.
Thanks to the enlightened Todd Russ, the Sooner State will not be known just for racist fraternity chants, but instead for leading the country toward a day when all people will be able to marry regardless of religion or sexual orientation.