Oklahoma governor vetoes gun Take Charge in Conquer NRA

Pauline Gross
May 14, 2018

Mary Fallin on Friday signed a law that says no child-placement agency will be required to put children up for adoption or in foster care in situations that "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".

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.

"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", Stevenson said in a statement.

Fallin said she believes agencies should be allowed to operate in accordance with their beliefs. "This measure serves no legitimate policy objective".

"And the countless young people who will be stigmatized by state sanctioned hate".

"Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves", she continued.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma accused the state of using LGBT people as "political pawns".

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Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed Oklahomans to carry guns without a license.

To date, seven states have passed laws allowing faith-based placement centers to refuse services to same-sex couples: Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia.

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!"

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. In Kansas, the state legislature has sent Senate Bill 284 to the desk of Gov. Jeff Coyler, who's also expected to sign the measure despite opposition from LGBT groups.

"I would not be standing here on a bill as controversial as this if I didn't believe it would help more children to get into loving homes", Treat said during a sometimes testy debate near the end of the legislative session earlier this month.

"Again, I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so", the governor said.

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

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