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Oklahoma House Committee Discusses Benefits Of 'Traditional' Marriage

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Students from families in traditional marriages are more likely to excel academically and those from other settings are less likely to do so, the House Human Services Committee was told Tuesday.

But the committee also was told that poverty, more so than marriage, would an indicator of individual success, including within marriages.

The comments came during the committee’s hearings of Interim Study 14H-023, Marriage and Family, which was requested by Reps. Mark McCullough (R-Sapulpa); Lee Denney, R-Cushing; Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City; and Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs.

The committee also heard comments regarding the effectiveness of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, Interim Study 14H-012, which was requested by Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, R-Tulsa.

McCullough focused Interim Study 14h-023 on the relationship between marriage and traditional families and academic success.

Tuesday’s discussion came one day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of in a case that found unconstitutional Oklahoma’s prohibition of same-sex marriage, which made such marriages legal in the state and set off a rush to courthouses across the state for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.

McCullough and other speakers before the committee pointed out that their comments deal with traditional or “natural” marriages, those involving one man and one woman.

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