So now christians own marriage? And do we need more reasons why our founding fathers were smart enough not to make this a christian state? http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progre...ants-to-restrict-marriage-to-people-of-faith/ Atheists need not apply: A bill proposed by Oklahoma Republicans would restrict the right to marry to people of faith, and would mandate all marriage licenses be approved by a member of the clergy. House Bill 1125, filed on Tuesday by Republican State Representative Todd Russ, is a radical measure that would end secular marriage licenses in the state. In addition, the bill would bar all judges and other secular officials from performing marriages in Oklahoma. Russ claims the radical legislation is motivated by his desire to protect court clerks from having to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Russ says he doesnt want these workers put in the position of having to condone or facilitate same-sex marriage. The lawmaker is unapologetic about the fact his bill would restrict marriage to people of faith. Concerning non-believers he said: They dont have a spiritual basis for a marriage and dont want to have a clergy member or a priest or someone involved in the spiritual aspect, then they can file an affidavit of common-law marriage. Russ claims those not wanting to get married by a religious official could file an affidavit through the court clerks office claiming common-law marriage. However, as KSWO-TV reports Oklahoma does not currently recognize common law marriages.