New Oklahoma law will allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

New Oklahoma law will allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

New Oklahoma law will allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

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

That's precisely what advocates believe SB 1140 does.

"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 and the countless young people who will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate", says Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma. It would have authorized people 21 and older and military personnel who are at least 18 to legally carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a state-issued license or permit.

"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.

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"This law will be challenged in court, and it will be found to be unconstitutional", Jenkins added. 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".

"Today is a sad day for Oklahomans", Davis said in a statement. On the time, some lawmakers anticipated Fallin to go the laws, whereas the invoice's writer, Republican Sen. There are children in the Oklahoma child welfare system in desperate need of loving families.

Fallin's action drew support from Oklahoma's Catholic bishops.

"It does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma", she writes. Simply declaring a religious or moral opposition to same-sex marriage would allow a faith-based agency the legal right to refuse to place a child in same-sex homes.

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Kansas's governor has a similar anti-LGBTQ adoption bill waiting on his desk. It handed the state's Senate on Might 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. More than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) claimed in a September 2017 survey that placement agencies which receive taxpayer dollars should not be permitted to turn away LGBTQ couples if they cite faith-based objections.

He believes the new law is "a clear violation of the establishment and equal protection clauses of the U. S. Constitution". Our message to Governor Fallin, and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: "we'll see you in court!"

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