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In small advances, in incremental improvements, LGBT equality is gaining ground in Oklahoma

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In small advances, in incremental improvements, LGBT equality is gaining ground in Oklahoma

James Nimmo

May 24, 2007
The Oklahoma Democratic Party recently concluded its 2007 state-wide Convention in Oklahoma City. After electing new state officers, the delegates passed a set of resolutions that advance by a generation the attitudes and perspectives of what it means to be a LGBT taxpaying citizen in Oklahoma.

These resolutions are remarkable for Oklahoma in that they were passed at the Convention by overwhelming approval of the delegates. As Michael Christopher points out in his reprise of the 2007 Convention, the previous 2005 Convention was unable to pass any form of progressive resolutions, in fact none at all, deadlocked as it was in successful parliamentary procedures to squelch our nascent progressive movement

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As with any large assembly of people there were still some dissemblers who would have preferred an outlook that reflects the 1930s wherein our gay minority was kept under lock-and-key in the closet of shame. The people of the time capsule were quickly put in their place and the resolutions packet was passed just as it was presented from the Resolutions Committee with not a single word changed.

Much credit must be given to former state Senator Cal Hobson, this year's Resolutions Committee chair who kept the committee on track in the deliberations and gave a rousing introduction to the Convention as to what it means to be a Democrat in the 21st century which is to demonstrate fairness and concern for others, repulsing the greed and corruption of the current GOP party.

Our Oklahoma Stonewall Democrats was very involved in the standing committees and on the floor, lobbying and buttonholing for votes, as our co-chair, Steve VanHook tells in his reply to Mr. Christoper's description.

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In small advances, in incremental improvements, LGBT equality is gaining ground in Oklahoma.

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