April 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Okla. lawmakers pass DOMA resolution
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, gay news, Washington Blade

Oklahoma Capitol Building (Photo by Daniel Mayer via Wikimedia Commons)

OKLAHOMA CITY—The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday approved a resolution in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The 84-0 vote took place less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases that challenge the constitutionality of DOMA and California’s Proposition 8. The Associated Press reported openly gay state Rep. Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) and more than a dozen other House Democrats walked out of the chamber before the vote took place.

The Arkansas House of Representatives late last month also approved a resolution in support of DOMA that then-President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996.

The Supreme Court is expected to announce its ruling on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases in June.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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