Representative Sally Kern isn't the only right wing fundie nutjob in the Oklahoma state legislature. Republican state senator Steve Russell is now proposing legislation to exempt Oklahoma from the recently passed hate crimes law.
This proposed measure would forbid state and local law enforcement from cooperating with Federal authorities investigating a gay hate crime in Oklahoma. As Senator Russell stated, "Basically if Oklahoma decided a case that the Feds wanted to overturn, they would be on their own. We would not share evidence or manpower." Russell did state further that his proposed bill would not interfere in cases Oklahoma deemed appropriate in accordance with existing state hate crimes laws which do not include sexual orientation.
Among those in opposition to this legislation is State Representative Al McAffrey, a Democrat representing District 88 and Oklahoma's only openly gay legislator. As he puts it, "Senator Russell is employing the same tired arguments from yesteryear. Preventing crimes against Oklahomans because of who they are is in no way an attack on freedom. That argument is nothing but empty rhetoric used to scare and mislead folks." McAffrey also added that should this legislation pass it would be superseded by Federal law anyway, elaborating that " I believe this is a political ploy because of his position and probably that of his church in opposition to gay rights."
There's no way this will pass Constitutional muster. I highly doubt that the state legislature will even waste time considering it. McAffrey nails it on the head when he calls it out as a political stunt meant to please the religious right.