During a discussion of a recent Oklahoma senate bill linked to pay raises for judicial personnel, a representative became so upset he threatened the possibility of setting himself on fire in protest.
"If I were not a Christian, and didn't have a prohibition against suicide, I'd walk across the street [to the state Supreme Court building], douse myself in gasoline and set myself on fire to protest the evil that is going on over there...” Oklahoma State Rep. Kevin Calvey, (R-Oklahoma City) raged last week.
Calvey made the intense claim following examination of Senate Bill 548 and its associated amendments, which would provide 6 percent raises, paid from court fees, for Supreme Court justices and other appellate court judges and employees, as reported by NewsOK.
Video footage of the senate proceedings show an aggravated Calvey referencing past court rulings that have failed to protect "the least among us," referring to a fetus still in the womb. To Calvey, withholding the pay increase would be effective in punishing the justices, NewsOK reported.
Regarding abortion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has made rulings that directly affected anti-abortions legislation in the state of Oklahoma in the past three years. The rulings included a 2012 decision in which the court decided that a law requiring a woman to have an ultrasound at least one hour before getting an abortion was unconstitutional.
Co-authored by fellow State Reps. Earl Sears, R-Battlesville, and Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, Senate Bill 548 successfully passed with tabled amendments and will soon return to the Senate for final consideration.