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  • GOP State Rep. Sally Kern Announces Trifecta Of Anti-Gay Legislation

    Infamous anti-gay activist Sally Kern is back, now pushing three anti-gay bills that would make it all but impossible for LGBT people to exist in Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma Republican state Rep. Sally Kern has introduced three bills targeting gay people. Were all three to become law it would be nearly impossible for members of the LGBT community to safely exist in the Sooner State. 

    HB1599, the Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act, would literally defund same-sex marriage. 

    "No employee of this state and no employee of any local governmental entity shall officially recognize, grant or enforce a same-sex marriage license and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit at the expense of taxpayers of this state,” the bill reads. "No taxes or public funds of this state shall be spent enforcing any court order requiring the issuance or recognition of a same-sex marriage license," it adds. 

    Kern, who invokes religion frequently and penned a book titled The Stoning of Sally Kern: The Liberal Attack on Christian Conservatism--and Why We Must Take a Stand, labels the need for her law an "emergency."

    "It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval."

    Her second bill attacking gay people is the Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act. HB1598 is aimed at ensuring parents are legally enabled to force their children to undergo therapy based on junk science and religion that most major medical organizations have labeled harmful, dangerous, and ineffective. 

    "The people of this state have the right to seek and obtain counseling or conversion therapy from a mental health provider in order to control or end any unwanted sexual attraction, and no state agency shall infringe upon that right," it reads. "Parents may obtain such counseling or therapy for their children under eighteen (18) years of age without interference by the state."

    Ex-gay, reparative, or conversion therapy is known to cause depression and may increase the risk of suicide.

    Kern's third bill, HB1597, would allow broad discrimination encoded into the law. A take on the increasingly popular Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that are sweeping the country in the wake of legalized same-sex marriage, Kern's legislation specificaly targets LGBT people for discrimination.

    "No business entity shall be required to provide any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges related to any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, group or association," it reads.

    Under Kern's bill, anyone can discriminate against LGBT people for any reason at all, or for no reason at all. 

    An LGBT person could literally be shunned by their entire town, unable to purchase food, rent or buy a home, buy a car, gasoline, insurance, clothing, or even electricity. They could find no doctor in their town will provide medical attention. If an LGBT person were to have a heart attack, a private ambulance service or EMT could legally refuse to assist or take him or her to the hospital. That hospital, if private, could legally refuse them service under Kern's law.

    Kern has a long history of targeting and attacking the LGBT community. She has characterized gays as "dangerous," "sinful," and as "an enemy who wants to destroy us," and said gays have hijacked freedom and equality "to destroy the future of America." She has claimed that gays and homosexuality are "more dangerous" than terrorists and labeled same-sex marriage "debauchery." Kern in 2011 was officially rebuked for racist and misogynistic comments he made on the House floor.

     

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    • commented 2015-10-02 04:22:20 -0400
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    • commented 2015-01-27 11:17:47 -0500
      I published this open letter to Carla and Don Alcorn after their 17-year-old daughter committed suicide in southern Ohio by throwing herself under an eighteen wheel truck on Interstate I-71. This is an appropriate letter for Sally Kern and her husband.

      Mr. & Mrs. Alcorn, and Sally & Steve Kern:

      I have no idea what abhorrent God it is that you worship that would instruct you to tell your child that she is, in His eyes as well as in your eyes, a “mistake,” a freak, an aberration, defective, and unworthy of His, or even the unconditional love of a parent.

      I can tell you that it is not the God of Christianity, because that God has uttered not a single word in the Christian Bible that would so much as even evaluate, let alone pass judgment on your child. I have read all 66 books that comprise the Christian Bible countless times, and oh yes, God does make some errors, as he clearly confesses when he sent His Son to bear all the sins of the World.

      Anything pre-New Testament is simply a historical record. The Christian Bible begins with the four Gospels, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, and it is those four books that are the entire core, foundation and essence of Christianity. The remaining books through Revelations provide additional interpretive opinion and additional historical record.

      The Christian God doesn’t make mistakes? Really? Explain deformities at birth, Down syndrome, serial killers, mental retardation, and the depraved that would intentionally hurt children, of which group and culture you are categorically a member.

      You conceive words in your ignorant mind and regurgitate them from your mouth that you are a Christian. I have a news flash for you. You are not a Christian. You use the “I am a Christian” rhetoric for peer group and sphere of influence acceptance.

      Further, the entire reason that you had so callously and maliciously discarded your own child was for your own narcissistic peer group image and concern of “what the Joneses might think?” Fuck what other people think – this was your child, a delicate and wonderful creation whom my God fully accepted, but you and yours abandoned during her darkest and most lonely and frightening hours.

      You are so utterly consumed with peer group pressures that you even threatened Tumblr to take down Leelah’s suicide note under threat of legal action. Fortunately for the rest of the World, that note will live on the Internet for all of eternity. (I am reposting it in its entirety below.)

      The entire Tumblr blog was removed, including a further post after her death telling Carla and Don Alcorn: ’Mom and Dad: F*** you. So, I will exercise my First Amendment Right to say on her behalf; “Carla and Don Alcorn: FUCK YOU!.” Now, please, sue me. Please! Give me the opportunity to lock you into a counterclaim that will consume the rest of your life and all of your assets – forever.

      I just cannot image the depth of pain a person had to feel to walk four miles and then throw herself under an eighteen-wheel truck moving at highway speed. I can only relate that to watching people jumping from the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001. And where was God then?

      This phony façade, “I’m a Christian” rationalization that you are peddling for Leelah’s suicide is perhaps the most repugnant blasphemy I have heard in my entire 58 years. Leelah’s suicide was the direct result of your inconsiderate, selfish and total absence of life priorities – you only cared what other people think – even more than the delicate feelings of your own child.

      You forced Leelah to see “Christinan Therapists,” Really!?!? And her depression deepened. Wow, what a surprise. That is a group of predators that have discovered a way to make money on the basis of other peoples ignorance and fear. Only the galatically naïve would even consider subjecting their child to such torture.

      I would bet your are the type of people who get a puppy, fail to provide adequate training and then take it to the pound where it is destroyed – all beause of your own selfish irresponsibility. …oh, wait – that really is what you did to your child. You took her to the pound to be destroyed, because there was some characteristic, some idiosyncrasy that you were afraid might create a peer group issue for you.

      I just cannot even conceive the unadulterated disregard and cruelty you had for a child who was so utterly frightened by life, that she chose being crushed by a truck, rather than living under your perverted definition of “Christianity.”

      Goodness, you have other children. When will you two mature past twelve years old?

      My greatest regret is that I did not know Leelah, and therefore, was not able to say, “Leelah I love you for who you are, and everything is going to be fine. Be happy and pursue your dreams.”

      Sally Kern and your husband who alleges to be a Baptist Minister who practices the Christian faith, what is written below is directly caused by people just like you. Your own son could easily be on this same path. Wake up you homophobic narcissistic slugs.

      Dave

      ==============

      LEELAH’S SUICIDE LETTER

      If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue.

      Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in… because I’m transgender. I could go into detail explaining why I feel that way, but this note is probably going to be lengthy enough as it is. To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4. I never knew there was a word for that feeling, nor was it possible for a boy to become a girl, so I never told anyone and I just continued to do traditionally ‘boyish’ things to try to fit in.

      When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.

      If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.

      My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to christian therapists, (who were all very biased) so I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more Christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.

      When I was 16 I realized that my parents would never come around, and that I would have to wait until I was 18 to start any sort of transitioning treatment, which absolutely broke my heart. The longer you wait, the harder it is to transition. I felt hopeless, that I was just going to look like a man in drag for the rest of my life. On my 16th birthday, when I didn’t receive consent from my parents to start transitioning, I cried myself to sleep.

      I formed a sort of a ‘f*** you’ attitude towards my parents and came out as gay at school, thinking that maybe if I eased into coming out as trans it would be less of a shock. Although the reaction from my friends was positive, my parents were pissed. They felt like I was attacking their image, and that I was an embarrassment to them. They wanted me to be their perfect little straight christian boy, and that’s obviously not what I wanted.

      So they took me out of public school, took away my laptop and phone, and forbid me of getting on any sort of social media, completely isolating me from my friends. This was probably the part of my life when I was the most depressed, and I’m surprised I didn’t kill myself.

      I was completely alone for 5 months. No friends, no support, no love. Just my parent’s disappointment and the cruelty of loneliness.

      At the end of the school year, my parents finally came around and gave me my phone and let me back on social media. I was excited, I finally had my friends back. They were extremely excited to see me and talk to me, but only at first. Eventually they realized they didn’t actually give a s**t about me, and I felt even lonelier than I did before. The only friends I thought I had only liked me because they saw me five times a week.

      After a summer of having almost no friends plus the weight of having to think about college, save money for moving out, keep my grades up, go to church each week and feel like s**t because everyone there is against everything I live for, I have decided I’ve had enough. I’m never going to transition successfully, even when I move out. I’m never going to be happy with the way I look or sound. I’m never going to have enough friends to satisfy me. I’m never going to have enough love to satisfy me. I’m never going to find a man who loves me. I’m never going to be happy. Either I live the rest of my life as a lonely man who wishes he were a woman or I live my life as a lonelier woman who hates herself. There’s no winning. There’s no way out. I’m sad enough already, I don’t need my life to get any worse. People say ‘it gets better’ but that isn’t true in my case. It gets worse. Each day I get worse.

      That’s the gist of it, that’s why I feel like killing myself. Sorry if that’s not a good enough reason for you, it’s good enough for me. As for my will, I want 100% of the things that I legally own to be sold and the money (plus my money in the bank) to be given to trans civil rights movements and support groups, I don’t give a s**t which one. The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ’that’s f***ed up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please.

      Goodbye,

      (Leelah) Josh Alcorn

    • commented 2015-01-26 21:58:52 -0500
      If she and her baptist preacher husband really believe that the schools and education are being infiltrated by the gays and are to blame for turning all the (already) gay boys and girls, gay. Then she better start looking within her own home to explain why her “baptist” educated son turned out to be gay. Oh and being the wonderful mother, that I’m sure she believes that she is. She disowned him. Hypocritical, judgemental c**t! http://www.queerty.com/sally-kern-scrubs-gay-son-20080312

    • commented 2015-01-26 10:40:26 -0500
      Another hateful harpy who has nothing in her life except attacking people she doesn’t know. What a waste of a human being.

    • commented 2015-01-25 10:52:16 -0500
      According to a number of sources, including Queerty, evidently, Sally is another one of those Christian parents who have rejected her own child because he is Gay. Pretty hollow existence.

      Just Google “Does Sally Kern have a Gay Son”

      http://www.queerty.com/sally-kern-scrubs-gay-son-20080312

    • commented 2015-01-24 21:38:36 -0500
      Here is my long tweet and it went out to every OKLAHOMA group on Google+ too ESPECIALLY TO THE OVER 26,000 in PARENTING!
      #OKLAHOMA’s Infamous #antigay MOTHER #SallyKern, Who took her own #gay son out of her biography! .. is back, now pushing three #anti-gay bills that would make it all but impossible or #LGBT people to exist in #Oklahoma

      COME ON @pflag @parenting @uniteblueok and @unitebluetx TELL HER WHAT YOU THINK.

    • commented 2015-01-24 20:27:16 -0500
      Just wanted to apologize for not using the right language, like f#@$^$^ and other words that fit in this page.

    • commented 2015-01-24 20:23:58 -0500
      How dare she not let us marry. It is our mother earth right. And we know that gay prevention counseling leads to death. And not being able to force our gay rights on everybody we want to. The balls she has!!!

    • commented 2015-01-24 10:00:51 -0500
      The resemblance is absolutely astounding…

      http://www.selfreinvention.org/_zzzMiscellaneous/www2.jpg

    • commented 2015-01-24 02:41:52 -0500
      I’m surprised that this Xtian Jihad hasn’t added throwing gays off the tower. #RepSallyKern Rep. Sally Kern #SallyKern Sally Kern (R-OKC) #XtianJihad #Teabola #GOPTaliban Her and her kind are nothing more but a repulsive duplicate of the Talibans.

    • commented 2015-01-24 01:31:28 -0500
      Wrong side of history. Let her have her little anti-gay tantrum. The Supreme Court will overturn all this legislation very soon.

    • commented 2015-01-24 00:00:01 -0500
      Kern is demanding nothing less than a total apartheid for gay and lesbian taxpayers. This is what Jim Crow laws were all about that were directed at people of color who also paid taxes. But the racists took the tax money regardless, and so do the homo-haters.

    • commented 2015-01-23 23:35:32 -0500
      This sounds like something from Harry Potter! The “Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act”? What is this woman so afraid of? I just don’t get it. We have real problems that need to be addressed. Vets are homeless and without proper care, DHS is a mess, thousands are without health care because OK Republicans won’t expand medicare, etc. These are the problems she should be addressing. Gay rights are here to stay and she needs to accept that or move to another country.

    • commented 2015-01-23 21:09:33 -0500
      F*ck this hateful, fake christian bitch. She needs to stop throwing stones and get that f*ckin beard waxed off.

    • commented 2015-01-23 20:55:23 -0500
      That should be the HOR.

    • commented 2015-01-23 20:53:57 -0500
      Rep Kern is the biggest bigot I have ever seen? I think she should NOT be in the HOA let alone on the planet Earth.

    • commented 2015-01-23 20:01:31 -0500
      Christian terrorist, Oklahoma Republican state Rep. Sally Kern, repeats the murderous message moving across social media having been lathered into shape by ISIS and other hate groups worldwide. Her appeal to her god is identical in nature to the prayers of the hate-filled Aryan nation, the KKK and the most despicable and pathetic groups from the certified hate group American Family Association, Lion and Lamb (Scott Lively’s missionary organization that rose up Uganda to “kill the gays”), and a horde of other reprehensible organizations that claim to be Christian and have nothing in common with anything that the Jesus of the Gospels said. Sally Kern, a preacher of perdition whose struggles with her own family, is at best the blast of the trumpet for Oklahoma and to her music the state is experiencing an increasing number of earth tremors in areas where land has been assaulted in greed for corporate wealth.

      It is people like Kern that have destroyed the academic structure of the state, have removed serious books and fired competent teachers so that the youth of Oklahoma get an education as ill-fitted as those who sit through public indoctrination courses in Louisiana and Texas. With this new assault on civil liberties and human rights only the truly mentally and physically enfeebled with feel at home when there is no where to escape.

    • commented 2015-01-23 19:50:26 -0500
      Yeah, absolutely no animus there. LOL

    • commented 2015-01-23 18:35:58 -0500
      Even if any of these bills are passed, they’ll be thrown out quick for being unconstitutional.

    • commented 2015-01-23 18:07:58 -0500
      Allow me to interpret the trash talk into plain English, you will look at the trash that means me several spaces and I will quote, Fuck the gay agenda, unquote.
      What this really means in plain English when you hear ignorant trash spout this homophobic nonsense= Fuck the Constitution, Fuck the Bill of Rights, Fuck democracy, Fuck America that’s what homophobes are actually saying when ever they say Fuck the gay agenda, because there is no gay agenda there is a group of gay people equal their equal rights as American citizens through the Constitution, these are the same idiots that believe there’s some sort mystical magical gay lifestyle, like their unicorns-lol.
      As if you never had a gay relative or friend are not a part of your life for your family like it’s so rare and foreign, wakeup smell the coffee, grow up and get a life and get over your precious selves!

    • commented 2015-01-23 17:20:48 -0500
      The God Nazis of the Christian Right are becoming more and more like their Aryan namesakes. These are vicious, rapid monsters who are becoming increasingly desparate as society moves away from their views about accepting and integrating the LGBT into the nation’s culture. Hopefully, the more rational majority will recognize these malignant creatures for what they are and do to them what they intend for our community.

    • commented 2015-01-23 16:14:18 -0500
      That last bill is redundant. It’s already legal in Oklahoma for businesses to discriminate in employment and provision of services based on sexual orientation. So hateful as the bill is, in theory it shouldn’t lead to any change in the way LGBT people are treated.

    • commented 2015-01-23 16:13:46 -0500
      fuck the gay agenda.

    • commented 2015-01-23 15:35:03 -0500
      I wonder whether Representative Kern has ever heard of or would be capable of understanding the content of Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 (“Conspiracy to deprive a US citizen of civil rights”).
      This statute makes it unlawful to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).
      Additionally, Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 (“Deprivation of civil rights under color of law”) statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.

    • commented 2015-01-23 13:48:49 -0500
      “Kern in 2011 was officially rebuked for racist and misogynistic comments he made on the House floor.”

      Might want to correct the gender identification of the little fascist from he to she.

    • commented 2015-01-23 13:18:42 -0500
      David Badash:…….comments "he"made on the House floor.? Were you being deliberate with the pronoun or was this a Freudian slip? She does seem to have an over abundance of testosterone.

    • commented 2015-01-23 12:51:53 -0500
      This is sad and pathetic. To think that in this alleged ‘land of opportunities’, the disenfranchised masses are the ones being oppressed, you know, the ones that we were meant to protect from exactly that. I hate to sound like a GOP’er, but that sounds much more like Nazi Germany than anything the LGBT community has ever even asked for.

    • commented 2015-01-23 12:40:27 -0500
      What is sad is that she put forth these bills and had to have someone along the way agree with her. If we could write this off as a single crazy lady it would be one thing but sadly she has followers and people who support her. That is the fact that I find most disturbing.

    • commented 2015-01-23 11:33:06 -0500
      I… I, um… I can’t think of a clever comment for this. Sally, you’re a cunt.

    • commented 2015-01-23 11:07:26 -0500
      She sure is thinking alot about gay sex isn’t she? An emergency? poor poor lonely woman. She is following in the footsteps of that weird Texas congressman who is peddling the same bill. Maybe they should hook up?

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