Disturbing news from Oklahoma that bigoted homophobic Republican Governor Mary Fallin has signed SB 1140 the adoption & discrimination bill making it the first piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation in the nation this year.
The invoice handed the Oklahoma Home of Representatives in a 59-28 vote in late April.
As state lawmakers were debating the proposal earlier this month, Stevenson warned its passage would "cost the state of Oklahoma business revenue".
That's precisely what advocates believe SB 1140 does.
"Rather than stand up to religious fanaticism, the governor has chosen to reinforce the delusions of those who confuse discrimination with liberty", Oklahoma ACLU external affairs director Allie Shinn said. 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. While that may be technically true, it would allow agencies to reject couples "in accordance with their beliefs" ― that is, because those couples are in the LGBTQ community.
Opponents said that the bill would allow discrimination based on anti-LGBTQ hatred.
"This law will be challenged in court, and it will be found to be unconstitutional", Jenkins added.
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Freedom Oklahoma, another LGBT advocacy group, threatened to sue the state. At the time, some lawmakers expected Fallin to pass the legislation, while the bill's author, Republican Sen. "In a day and time when diversity is becoming a core value to society because it will lead to more options, we should recognize its value for serving Oklahoma also because it leads to more options for loving homes to serve Oklahoma children".
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.
When the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in 2015, faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in localities like California, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. closed their doors to avoid having to place children in LGBTQ households.
The best interests of the child is less important than the religious beliefs of social workers now in Oklahoma.
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". SB 1140, much like SB 284 in Kansas, works to withhold those families from those children. It handed the state's Senate on Might 2 in a 33-9 vote. 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.
A new Oklahoma law will let child welfare providers deny services to prospective same-sex parents.
"Once more, I consider the firearms legal guidelines we presently have in place are efficient, acceptable and minimal, and serve to reassure our residents that people who find themselves carrying handguns on this state are certified to take action", Fallin's assertion ended.