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Antigay Rep Takes on Divorce

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Antigay Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern doesn't want gay couples to marry, but she wants to keep straight pairs from divorcing.

Kern, an outspoken opponent of marriage rights for gay couples, is sponsoring a bill that would make it more difficult to obtain a divorce. Kern has filed her bill for consideration in the legislative session that begins in February, the Tulsa World reports. The measure would not allow a court to grant a divorce on grounds of incompatibility if the husband and wife have minor children or have been together more than 10 years, or if either party submits a written objection to the divorce.

"Something is wrong when you can get out of a marriage easier than a loan for a car," Kern said. Her bill makes an exception to allow for divorces if adultery or abuse has occurred.

Kern became infamous in March 2008, when, addressing a Republican club, she said gay people posed a greater threat to the United States than terrorism. Her speech reached a wide audience after the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund posted a cell-phone recording of it on YouTube. This past summer, she authored a proclamation saying the nation's economic problems were due to "abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery."

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.