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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - For conservative Republican Tom Coburn, running to the left in Oklahoma's Senate race meant lining up with President Bush.
Asked about his opposition to the death penalty, the former three-term congressman said he favored executions for ``abortionists'' and others who take life. At one town hall meeting, he said he had heard lesbianism was so rampant in area schools that girls could only go to the bathroom one at a time.
Coburn also had faced bad publicity from a 14-year-old lawsuit in which a woman accused the Muskogee doctor of sterilizing her without permission. Coburn said the lawsuit, which was dropped, had no merit. He also vehemently denied improperly filing for Medicaid reimbursement.
A longtime abortion foe, Coburn specialized in delivering babies - more than 3,000 of them - during his medical career.
WASHINGTON – In nearly a dozen states yesterday, voters sent the loud, clear message that they think marriage should be reserved for unions between a man and a woman.
Reacting to recent court rulings allowing same-sex marriages, voters from Oregon to Georgia passed state constitutional amendments banning such unions – often by sweeping margins.
"The people are responding to the courts, which are increasingly trying to change the definition of marriage," said Carrie Gordon Earll, a spokeswoman for Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group. "Marriage is not some kind of social play dough that the courts can reconstruct."
A 1996 federal law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman. And all the states with ballot measures, except Oregon, have laws outlawing same-sex marriage, as do 27 other states. But President Bush and others say a federal constitutional amendment is needed to prevent what they call "activist" judges from overturning the 1996 law. After such an amendment failed this year in the House and Senate, the state ballot measures were seen as a backlash against congressional inaction.
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