The state agencies are now ending the program and quietly accepting the premise that govt. cannot build families, only tear them apart.
In fact, several studies have shown a direct link between anti-poverty programs and one-parent households. Whereas couples used to stay together and work things out because they need each other economically; now social programs and spending are making divorce more lucrative than 'having the old man around'.
Some sociologists even contend that urban minority men have largely lost their social identity as fathers. Most of them have now been raised by single mothers and they often replaced the father figure in their lives with the gang identity.
Oklahoma Watch's Trevor Brown published a detailed report on the demise of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. Read it here...
State Representative, Todd Russ, has authored a reforming bill known as the 'Marriage Freedom' Act. It passed the last session's house floor vote, but was buried in the senate rules committee. The senators said they were awaiting the SCOTUS decision on Oklahoma's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But after the 2015 rulings, the senate ignored the bill.
Russ's bill would authorize the state to issue marriage certificates instead of licenses. Any legal couple could file for the certificates upon their signed affidavit at any county courthouse. No officiant would be required (although the couple could list the officiant if they included a ceremony of some kind).
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...