A group of 20 Republican lawmakers in the Oklahoma House of Representatives tried to block gay pastor Scott Jones’ prayer from becoming part of the official House record.
The move came after openly gay Oklahoma state Rep. Al McAffrey (right) asked to make the prayer part of the record, including a mention of the pastor’s “loving partner and fiance, Michael.”
The House finally voted 64-20 to keep the prayer.
Jones reportedly had been invited to give the prayer by openly gay Oklahoma State Rep. Al McAffrey. At the close of the day’s business, McAffrey made a motion to have Jones’ remarks recorded in the House Journal. Because a Republican legislator objected to the motion, a roll call vote was taken, and 20 representatives, including the infamous Sally Kern, voted against recording the prayer. Sixty-seven legislators voted in favor of the motion, and another 17 were reported absent.
“It was an interesting moment, and rather chaotic,”” Jones wrote on MyQuest. “One legislator commented, ‘We always enter the remarks.’ Others wanted to read what I had said, and came over to where I was and read my hard copy and kept saying, ‘What are they objecting to?’ Others came over to apologize. One legislator made a point of order to remind colleagues that if they were in the room, they had to vote, at which some of them fled … “