Gun bill vetoed by Oklahoma's governor

Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Gun Licenses Unnecessary

Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Gun Licenses Unnecessary

That law, which would permit faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to turn away same-sex couples, was approved by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday night.

As we reported last month, SB 1140, which passed the House of Representatives by a large 60-25 margin, protects agencies that don't receive government funding from being forced to place children with adoptive or foster parents who "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies". 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.

Said Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma: "While we are deeply disappointed that Governor Fallin choose to sign discrimination into law, we are more concerned about the children - desperately looking for homes - that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation". "This measure serves no legitimate policy goal".

"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".

The new law makes it legal to deny placing children in LGBTQ homes based on "religious objections".

Currently, five states - Mississippi, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and North Dakota - have similar laws on the books, although Michigan's law is being challenged in the federal courts thanks to the ACLU. Josh Stickney, Administrative Associate at Equality Federation, is an adoptee & has lived in Oklahoma his entire life stated, "I'm extremely disappointed that our state has chose to fund discrimination in our foster care & adoption agencies". There are children in the Oklahoma child welfare system in desperate need of loving families.

The NRA had supported the bill's passage and had urged Fallin to sign it. It handed the state's Senate on Might 2 in a 33-9 vote.

LGBTQ advocates quickly criticized the new law.

The mandate is "anti-safety and anti-law enforcement" and "too far out there", Stone previously told Fox News.

Fallin added that the bill "eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not", echoing an argument that many lawmakers who opposed the mandate, such as Democratic state Rep. Shane Stone, made while the bill was debated.

"Plain and simple, Governor Fallin and Oklahoma Republicans are discriminating against LGBTQ parents", says DNC LGBTQ media director Lucas Acosta in a statement.

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