Homicide Support Group, DA, Sheriffs Among Latest Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma SQ 794 Endorsers

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November 2, 2017

 

Homicide Support Group, DA, Sheriffs Among Latest Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma SQ 794 Endorsers

Movement for equal rights for crime victims grows statewide; lands in Osage, Pittsburg Counties

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma State Question 794 today announces the formal support of the Oklahoma Homicide Survivors Support Group (OHSSG), Osage County DA, Osage County Sheriff and Pittsburg County Sheriff as the latest endorsers in the movement to elevate the rights of crime victims into the state constitution in 2018. 

State Question 794 is a proposed constitutional amendment that strengthens existing victims’ rights and places them in the Oklahoma Constitution. The final passage by a vote of the people would guarantee crime victims an equal level of unique protections and support as afforded to the accused and convicted.

Support from the Oklahoma Homicide Survivors Support Group showcases a particular viewpoint in the range of experiences and aftermath victims of crime in Oklahoma face. DA Rex Duncan (Osage County), Sheriff Eddie Virden (Osage County) and Sheriff Chris Morris (Pittsburg County) have individually confirmed support for Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma, while coalition-wide support of organizations such as the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and Oklahoma Sheriffs Association extends amongst their colleagues. 

“The overwhelming support we are seeing from crime victims, support organizations like OHSSG, district attorneys and law enforcement across the state is invaluable to Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma,” said State Director Kim Moyer. “We all agree crime victims deserve the dignity and respect this amendment provides, and that justice is better served when crime victims have constitutional protection and the information they need to fight for justice in their case.”

To date, State Question 794 has garnered a wide range of support addressing various types of crime throughout Oklahoma. Additional statewide endorsements have come from the Edmond Mayor and City Council, Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police, Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, Threads of Compassion, and YWCA Oklahoma City.

For a current list of Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma SQ 794 endorsers click here.

Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma has received bipartisan support over the past 10 months and launched the official State Question campaign in September with kick-off events in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton. The launch events featured representatives from state and local government, law enforcement, and crime victims including OHSSG President, Lauren Layman.

The campaign is also in the process of identifying county chairs who will work closely with the State Question 794 Political Director, Jill Shero, and local organizations countywide in a concerted effort to secure additional endorsers from support groups, municipal, political, and law enforcement agencies in the communities in which they serve.

Other individuals from rural, urban and suburban cities and towns have also formally endorsed Marsy’s Law, including city commissioners, police chiefs, and respective experts in cases dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault.

State Question 794 is the result of legislation that passed the Oklahoma House and Senate with bipartisan support in April 2017. In addition, The Oklahoman’s editorial board has officially endorsed State Question 794, citing the need for constitutional protection for victims.

State Question 794 will be presented for consideration in the 2018 general election.

For a current list of Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma SQ 794 endorsers click here.

 

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