Victims’ Rights: We CAN All Agree on Something

Political polarization and increasing partisan hostility have been a well-documented trend in recent years, and it can be easy to forget that the political parties DO agree on some things. One of those things is Marsy’s Law!

Giving victims of crime equal rights to those afforded to the accused or convicted isn’t a partisan issue or an ideological one. It is common sense and the decent thing to do in any society that cares about justice or basic fairness.

That’s why we were proud to receive the endorsement of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma this month, and we were equally excited when Americans for Tax Reform Director Grover Norquist – a staunch Marsy’s Law ally – gave us a shout out at a dinner for the state’s Young Republicans. It was a welcome reminder that compassion for crime victims and a desire for justice are universally important, regardless of one’s political party.

When SJR 46, also known as Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma, passed in the House Chamber, it did so with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 88-0. Since then, Marsy’s Law has continued to build a huge, diverse coalition of supporters that we are working to grow every day. Our network of allies and endorsements includes victims advocacy groups like the YWCA, law enforcement organizations like the District Attorneys Council and, of course, dozens of crime victims who recognize how Marsy’s Law could have positively impacted their lives. Some of these men and women don’t have much in common politically, but they have come together to push for reforms that will deliver a stronger, fairer and more compassionate criminal justice system. We are proving every day: there ARE some things that everyone can agree on.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our campaign, make sure you listen to this episode of “Oklahoma Voice” with Jonathan Clour. In it, Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma State Director Kim Moyer and YWCA Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate Alex Stewart lay out the compelling case for SQ 794 and talk about why it has such broad support in Oklahoma.