OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – More than 5000 people packed the south lawn of the State Capitol on Sunday afternoon to call for protection of marriage and an end to abortion in Oklahoma.
With a rallying cry of, “Legally We Can! Morally We Must!”, the crowd rose to several standing ovations as a list of distinguished speakers inspired the crowd.
“There is a belief that somehow government shifts nations,” U.S Senator James Lankford (R-OK) told the crowd. “Not so in our government. The people shift the government, the government does not shift the nation. So this is a rising up.”
The rally, organized by the group Protect Life and Marriage Oklahoma, was meant to set an example for every State Legislature in the U.S. to stand up to the illegal edicts of a renegade Supreme Court.
For some lawmakers, the abortion issue is personal as well as political.
“In 1973, a little boy was conceived. His mother was 17 years old,” said Sen. Kyle Loveless, Oklahoma City-45 (R). “She literally sat in the parking lot of an abortion clinic and considered aborting him. She flipped a coin several times and finally decided not to. That boy grew up to be me. We have a moral imperative to stand up and fight and do everything we can to give every child a chance at life.”
One lawmaker invoked the founding fathers when asked why it is important for legislators to protect life and marriage.
“The judiciary has left us no other choice to legislate for those American’s who believe that our country is a moral nation that even has passed the ancestry of the faith of the founding fathers, the pilgrims and puritans. We have common law that established a majority of the case-law standards that the U.S. Supreme Court use to abide by,” said Sen. Josh Brecheen, Coaligate-06 (R). “Many of those common laws predate back to biblical standards. And now that we see biblical standards not being used in these court rulings, it has become dependent upon the legislators to correct the course and bring sanity back to the conversation about protecting life and marriage.”
State Sen. Nathan Dahm, Broken Arrow-33 (R) was impressed with the turn out, “In my years at the senate, this was the largest gathering of people, state legislators, our federal delegation members, and pastors that I’ve seen joining together. It’s encouraging to have so many working together for this united cause,” Dahm said.
There were even those in attendance that are seeking office next year.
“I was overwhelmed by the response of those willing to take a stand to protect life and marriage in Oklahoma Sunday at the Capitol. The crowd of over 5,000 proves these are issues that Oklahomans care for deeply. Failure to address these two issues is to fail our society,” said Amanda Teegarden, Candidate for Oklahoma Senate District 39. “I am thankful for Pastor Paul Blair, Rep. Dan Fisher, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, and so many others for tackling these issues head on and with conviction.”
Cheryl Williams was one of the many in attendance and explained why she came out to support the effort, “Many years ago, my eyes were opened to what an abortion really was and I got involved to make a difference. What I’ve seen through these 30 plus years are more and more ‘good people who sit in the pews’ remaining silent about the moral decline of our nation.”
Williams continued. “It’s time to stand up and stand firm against an ever encroaching federal government that does not have the rights to tell our state what marriage means or that abortion is legal.”
By networking with church leaders across the state, Protect Life and Marriage Oklahoma has gathered tens of thousands of signatures for its online petition. Each signature is a call to end almost all abortion in Oklahoma and uphold the lawfully amended Oklahoma Constitution which defines marriage as one man and one woman. More than 40 lawmakers and 775 pastors have signed the petition.
“We stand firmly against abortion and same-sex marriage but this movement goes beyond those two issues,” says former NFL linebacker and organizer of the rally, Pastor Paul Blair “Washington does not have unlimited power and it is not up to them to determine the limits of their power. We believe the U.S. Constitution gives the people in each state the right to decide these policies for themselves. That’s why we have a 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Liberal states can be liberal and conservative states can be conservative. The voters of each state should decide their own laws regarding these issues, and any issue, not explicitly granted to the Federal Government in the Constitution.”
Supporters can sign the petition by visiting www.ProtectLifeAndMarriage.com.