A controversial bill that would require couples to prove they don’t have STD’s before applying for a marriage license is being proposed in Oklahoma City.
“This new law would require you to file with the court clerk the results of this test which the whole world could see,” Attorney David Slane commented. “It seems to me that would violate people’s real privacy rights.”
It stated the State Board of Health shall require a blood test for the discovery of syphilis and other communicable diseases prior to a marriage license being issued.
“This law says you shall file meaning that that contemplates that they’re actually going to take a copy and file it there, and it’s going to be a record in the court clerk’s office,” Slane said.
Senator Kyle Loveless supports it but said there are some things about the new requirement that need to be tweaked including the instance that someone does have this type of disease. Under the new bill, they won’t be able to get married in Oklahoma.
“The way that the bill is written, that is correct,” Senator Kyle Loveless said. “We have to look at that as a society whether we want people who have communicable diseases, they need to know if they have it, and I think this is a mechanism to provide them to do that.”
The bill, however, still has a long way to go.
“I think going through the process I think there are going to be serious questions of the author of logistically how do we go about it to make sure people’s privacy is still observed,” Loveless said.