New Oklahoma law will allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

13 May, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Churches Now Included in Oklahoma

"Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state".

Stevenson is the executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, one of the advocacy groups on the frontlines of opposing State Bill 1140. As governor, I have signed both concealed-carry and open-carry legislation. 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.

"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", claimed Oklahoma Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop David Konderla said in a press release.

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

"SB 1140 is discriminatory, anti-family, anti-children, and anti-First Amendment", Allie Shinn, external affairs director for the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in a statement.

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.

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Kansas's governor has a similar anti-LGBTQ adoption bill waiting on his desk. All youth deserve loving homes & discrimination has no place in this country. "Furthermore, I call on the people of Oklahoma to elect leaders who have the true Oklahoma Standard at heart rather than this kind of bigotry & hatred toward their fellow Oklahomans".

Polls show a majority of the public disagrees with that assertion, widely opposing the refusal of adoptions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Opponents said that the bill would allow discrimination based on anti-LGBTQ hatred. The bureau said it would lose almost $5 million annually in licensing fees under the new law and have to eliminate about 60 full-time positions.

"We are grateful for Gov. Fallin's support of religious liberty in Oklahoma", said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and the Most Rev. David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa.

"We'll see you in court", he said in a statement.

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