Oklahoma Bill Would Eliminate Marriage Licenses, Nullify Federal Control in Practice

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill filed in the Oklahoma House would end government licensing of marriages in the state, effectively nullifying in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.

Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), filed House Bill 3454 (HB3454). The legislation would end the issuance of state marriage licenses. Instead, the state would record certificates of marriage after a marriage has contracted by a formal ceremony solemnized in front of at least two witnesses. Marriages not contracted by a formal ceremony would be acknowledged by filing an affidavit of common law marriage with the court clerk.

The bill would replace all references to marriages “licenses” in state law with “certificates.” The legislation would not invalidate any marriage licenses issued prior to the bill being passed.

Any entity requiring proof of identity or marital status shall accept a certified copy of the marriage certificate or affidavit of common law marriage that has been filed with the court clerk. Any reference in the Oklahoma Statutes requiring a marriage license as proof of identity or marital status shall be interpreted to include a marriage certificate or affidavit of common law marriage executed

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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