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02/01/2012

Today in American 'values': OK Rep. misplaces punching bag, turns to Nat'l Guard instead

by Jeremy Hooper

Oklahoma state representative Mike Reynolds (R-Obviously) misses the military's gay ban so, so much that he's now using his legislative muscle to reclaim some minor form of it. The lawmaker is seriously dedicating his time and capital to pushing through a bill that would do nothing more than make gays ineligible to serve in his state's National Guard.

This from the American Family Association's One News Now:

Reynolds says the state is allowed to set its own standards for National Guard service and is not obligated to follow the standards of the rest of the U.S. military.

"The Oklahoma National Guard, of course, their commander-in-chief is the governor of the state of Oklahoma, not the president of the United States," he explains. "And so it accomplishes two things: it … re-implements an important states' rights issue and … it re-implements an important policy that was very valuable to the military."

Reynolds, an Air Force veteran, says he is not intimidated by the possibility that President Obama's Justice Department might challenge the statute if it becomes law, stating: "I don't think we ought to legislate based on a fear of what Barack Obama and his interpretation of the Constitution is."

Reviving 'don't ask, don't tell' -- in Okla. [ONN]

And if this attempt doesn't work, Rep. Reynolds will next visit a local witch doctor who swears he can turn the lawmaker's G.I. Joe collection into gay-representative voodoo dolls. Or, alternately: just get a big, gay, camouflaged scapegoat and flog the sh*t out of it.

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