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Signing for Sally Kern's moral proclamation turns into vocal match

MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: July 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm •  Published: July 2, 2009

> It states alarm that the federal government “is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built,” and criticizes President Barack Obama for not taking a more active part in National Day of Prayer events while signing a proclamation declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Kern’s proclamation refers to homosexual activities as immoral behavior

Kern, who said two years ago that homosexuality is a greater threat to the United States than terrorism, said Obama is pushing the homosexual agenda. Opponents at first simply turned their backs during the event, but then one followed by several began chanting.

The Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, assistant pastor of the Church of the Open Arms in Oklahoma City, called Kern “one of the most hateful and divisive persons in America.”

“Homophobia is wrong,” she said. “It’s unGodlike.”

Rep. Ryan Kiesel, D-Seminole, called Kern’s event a “divisive political stunt.”

Kern said copies of the proclamation and versions of it that are available on a Web site,,for others to sign will be presented later to Gov. Brad Henry, Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, the president and U.S. House and Senate leaders.

Read the proclamation