Right-wing legislators often disassociate gay rights from civil rights,
yet their actions demonstrate that hate against one group can inevitably
lead to the same toward another. Take Oklahoma, where several
right-wing lawmakers were livid following President Barack Obama's signing
of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
in October, extending federal hate crimes protections to the gay and
In a significant decision last month, an Oklahoma County District Court ruled that a 2008 anti-choice law violated the state constitution. The law in question (SB 1878)
was more burdensome than any prior bill regulating pre-abortion
ultrasounds passed in the country, requiring women to undergo an
ultrasound and listen to a doctor describe fetal characteristics before
consenting to the procedure. Opponents argued
that the law invades a woman's right to privacy and violates doctors'
freedom of speech.