Mary Fallin Signs Adoption Bill Opposed by LGBTQ

  • Mary Fallin Signs Adoption Bill Opposed by LGBTQ

Mary Fallin Signs Adoption Bill Opposed by LGBTQ

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".

On the same day, Fallin signed a bill that would offer protections for faith-based agencies that refuse to let same-sex couples adopt children due to their religious beliefs.

Fallin said she believes agencies should be allowed to operate in accordance with their beliefs. Conceivably, the bill could also permit these agencies to subject LGBT children in foster care to widely discredited "ex-gay" conversion therapy.

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.

"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", they stated in an Instagram post.

"Oklahomans believe that lawabiding individuals will have the ability to shield on their own".

South Dakota, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas already have similar legislation. A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the MI law is pending in the federal courts. "I support the right to bear arms and own a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun", Fallin said in a statement.

Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed the "Constitutional have" charge which, if passed, would have permitted handgun owners in their nation to take without initially receiving a permit.

With this action, Oklahoma has the negative distinction of being the only state [s] to sign an anti-LGBTQ bill into law this year. Now that Fallin has signed the anti-LGBT adoption bill, those hopes are dashed. "Rather than stand up to religious fanaticism, the governor has chosen to reinforce the delusions of those who confuse discrimination with liberty".

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

"Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law", Stevenson claimed.

While it could also be used to deny single mothers and interfaith couples, critics insist SB 1140 specificaly targets same-sex couples.

Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson said in a statement that his group plans to sue, telling Fallin in a statement: "We'll see you in court!"

Catholic groups which have supported the legislation agreed it would actually help children by expanding the options for placement in the state.

Lucas Acosta, LGBT media director for the Democratic National Committee, predicted Oklahoma residents would hold Republicans and Fallin accountable at the polls for enacting SB 1140 - pointing to recent unexpected victories for Democrats in Oklahoma during special elections.

"I might not be standing right here on a invoice as controversial as this if I did not consider it might assist extra youngsters to get into loving houses", Deal with mentioned throughout a typically testy debate close to the top of the legislative session earlier this month.

The measure has faced opposition from LGBTQ advocacy groups. "Behind these bills lies an underlying message: We don't want L.G.B.T.Q. people raising children", she said.

"With over 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, including more than 16,000 in Oklahoma alone, the Oklahoma legislature should be focusing on how it can attract more qualified and loving parents to the system - not rejecting potential homes based on the gender identity or sexual orientation of the parents".