OK Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Adoption Bill Allowing Discrimination Against Gay Couples

Sergio Conner
May 14, 2018

It has been described as "state-sponsored discrimination".

That's precisely what advocates believe SB 1140 does.

He predicted that as a result of the bill's passage, "countless young people... will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate".

"The idea that bigotry trumps decency is really reprehensible", said Sharon Bishop-Baldwin, the vice president of Oklahomans for Equality's board of directors.

Freedom Oklahoma, another LGBT advocacy group, threatened to sue the state over the new law. The media watchdog group GLAAD called it "heartless and un-American", while the ACLU claimed the legislation is "anti-family, anti-children, and anti-First Amendment".

This obscene legislation will cost Oklahomans a great deal of money in lost business & ongoing lawsuits at a time when the state is having trouble affording the basics like school supplies & infrastructure.

Opponents said that the bill would allow discrimination based on anti-LGBTQ hatred.

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Similar discriminatory legislation has been passed or is under consideration in Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, Alabama, Kansas, Georgia, and Texas.

Fallin additional that the bill "eradicates the present capacity of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish among people carrying guns who've been trained and vetted, and people who've maybe not", instills a debate that lots of law makers that opposed the mandate, such as for instance Democratic state Rep. Shane Stone, created the monthly bill was debated.

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".

"Today, I signed Senate Bill 1140, which allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs", Fallin tweeted.

'The new law will bring more adoption services to the state and allow crucial faith-based agencies to continue their decades-long tradition of caring for Oklahoma's most vulnerable children, ' the bishops said in a statement.

The pair added that they were "grateful for Gov. Fallin's support of religious liberty".

Chris Cox, executive director for the NRA's Institute for legislative action, criticized Fallin for vetoing the bill despite her promise to support "constitutional carry" legislation in 2014. It passed the Senate on May 2 by a vote of 33 to nine.

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