It appears that gay marriage as not a divided issue between Democrats and Republicans as one has previously thought. A group of Republicans, which includes former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas, plan to file a friend of the Court brief on behalf of gay marriage. They believe that gay marriage is in line with the values of freedom as exampled by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. Here is a link to an article about it on the Huffington Post website.
A few portions of the article are mentioned below:
Republicans Support Gay Marriage in Oklahoma
The group call themselves “conservatives, moderates and libertarians who embrace the individual freedoms protected by our Constitution,” embrace Reagan’s idea of the Republican Party being a “big tent,” and share Goldwater’s belief that the party shouldn’t “seek to lead anyone’s life for him,” according to a copy of the brief provided to The Associated Press.
“It is precisely because marriage is so important in producing and protecting strong and stable family structures that (we) do not agree that the government can rationally promote the goal of strengthening families by denying civil marriage to same-sex couples,” the argument says in the conclusion.
Laura Nichelle Wardrip is a family law attorney with the Jeff Krigel Law Firm, PLLC. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Through her academic career, she has focused her education on issues related to the family, such issues as domestic violence, mental disorders, and helping bring people together by finding a common ground. As an attorney licensed in Oklahoma and a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Ms. Wardrip’s primary area of practice is that of family law, which includes such actions as divorce, paternity, child support, guardianships, and adoptions. Her broad experience in the area of family law includes having practiced in Tulsa County, Wagoner County, Muskogee County, Washington County, Pawnee County, Osage County, Okmulgee County, and Creek County. Ms. Wardrip is diligent in professionally handling cases in an informative and personal manner. She is dedicated to the client’s needs and is an advocate for the client’s goals. It is important to work with the client to find the best results for each client. A strong commitment to the community has been a driving force for Ms. Wardrip as she is a frequent volunteer with organizations working to help the homeless in the Tulsa area including Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless and Iron Gate.