State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriagein Oklahoma.
The idea stems from a bill filed by Rep. Mike Turner(R-Edmond). Turner says it's an attempt to keep same-sex marriage illegal inOklahoma while satisfying the U.S. Constitution. Critics are calling it apolitical stunt while supporters say it's what Oklahomans want.
"[My constituents are] willing to have that discussionabout whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all," Turner said.
Other conservative lawmakers feel the same way,according to Turner.
"Would it be realistic for the State of Oklahoma tosay, ‘We're not going to do marriage period,'" asked News 9's MichaelKonopasek.
"That would definitely be a realistic opportunity, andit's something that would be part of the discussion," Turner answered.
Such a discussion will be made possible by a currentshell bill -- something that can be changed at almost any time to react toupcoming rulings on Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.
"I think that, especially with issues like this,[these lawmakers are] out of touch with most Oklahomans," said Ryan Kiesel,ACLU Oklahoma executive detector.
Kiesel says prohibiting all marriage is new territory.In fact, the ACLU was unable to find an example of where a state has ever triedto ban all marriage. Kiesel believes the entire idea just boils down topolitics.
"Moving forward I think we'll see less efforts likethis," Kiesel said.
Turneradmits his idea makes a lot of people uncomfortable. He also says, "Iaccept that." Turner plans to wait until the federal appeals process playsout. The fight over Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage will now head to theTenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver