Sunday, 20 May, 2018

New Oklahoma law will allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

Mary Fallin Oklahoma Action Needed: Constitutional Carry Legislation Awaits Governor Fallin's Signature
Lisa Bryan | 13 May, 2018, 00:29

The bill states that private child-placement agencies should not be required by law to "participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".

An amendment added in the House that would have denied state and federal funding to any child placement agency that discriminates was later stripped from the final bill.

"While we are deeply disappointed that Governor Fallin chose to sign discrimination into law, we are more concerned about the children-desperately looking for homes-that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation", Stevenson said in a statement.

"Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor", said Chris Cox, NRA executive director for legislative affairs. It gives special permission to religiously-affiliated government-funded child welfare agencies to place the agencies' beliefs above the needs and best interests of children in care and discriminate against parents who are trying to provide a loving home.

Freedom Oklahoma, another LGBT advocacy group, threatened to sue the state. On the time, some lawmakers anticipated Fallin to go the laws, whereas the invoice's writer, Republican Sen.

South Dakota, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas already have similar legislation. Josh Stickney, Administrative Associate at Equality Federation, is an adoptee & has lived in Oklahoma his entire life stated, "I'm extremely disappointed that our state has made a decision to fund discrimination in our foster care & adoption agencies".


Lawmakers who supported the bill did not hesitate to challenge the pro-gun bona fides of Ms. Fallin, a two-term governor who can not seek re-election when Oklahomans go to vote in November because of term limits.

The national charity organization urged its supporters to write to their state representatives asking them to back SB 284. It passed the state's Senate on May 2 in a 33-9 vote.

Some 11 different states have handed comparable laws, which, if applied in Oklahoma, would have "eradicated the requirement to finish a brief firearms security and coaching course from an authorized teacher and exhibit competency with a pistol earlier than carrying a gun in public", based on the governor's workplace.

Despite its widespread unpopularity, SB 1140 is set to become law in November, but advocates pledged to ensure it never sees the light of day.

"Plain and simple, Governor Fallin and Oklahoma Republicans are discriminating against LGBTQ parents", says DNC LGBTQ media director Lucas Acosta in a statement.

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