Oklahoma House Passes Birther Bill

Do we really still have to deal with this? The same day President Obama released his long-form birth certificate to quell insane birther rhetoric, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill that would require presidential candidates to produce a birth certificate before being allowed on the ballot in that state. Not only that, they passed it 77-13, and some Democrats voted for it as well. Rep. Sue Tibbs, R, who authored the bill, denies that it's a 'birther bill,'though the legislation clearly wouldn't have come up if there weren't a black man in the White House:

"This is not a birther bill, has nothing to do with Obama," Tibbs said of the bill, which she says merely reinforces the Constitution that requires presidential candidates to have been born in the United States.

Riiiiight. The bill now goes back to the Senate, where a different version was passed before but was amended. Since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed that state's birther bill, it looks like Oklahoma will be the first state to have such a bill on record.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 29, 2011, 6:57am

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