Oklahoma governor indicators adoption regulation opposed by LGBT teams

Oklahoma governor indicators adoption regulation opposed by LGBT teams

Adoption and foster care agencies in Oklahoma can now deny gay couples who want to adopt or be foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on Friday. Greg Treat provides legal protections to faith-based agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes because of religious or moral convictions or policies.

The governor said the law will not restrict the ability of LGBT people from getting a child through adoption or foster care, but critics fiercely disagreed. By protecting their right to operate in accordance with their religious beliefs, supporters say it encourages placing agencies to do business in Oklahoma. "This measure serves no legitimate policy goal".

He predicted that as a result of the bill's passage, "countless young people... will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate". Fallin said she vetoed the proposal because she believes it violates that high court decision.

'Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor, ' said Chris Cox, NRA executive director for legislative affairs. 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. "The Oklahoma legislature has played politics with their state's most vulnerable kids". Our message to Gov. Fallin and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: We'll see you in court!' said Executive Director Troy Stevenson.

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As Fallin noted, other states - Mississippi, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and North Dakota - have similar laws on the books.

However Fallin's motion drew help from Oklahoma's Catholic bishops. Only after the Obama administration threatened a loss of federal funds to state withholding those benefits did Fallin agree to a a deal enabling same-sex couples to obtain them.

The measure has faced opposition from LGBTQ advocacy groups. In 2014, she vetoed a bill requiring state authorities to sign off on applications for federally-regulated items such as silencers, short- barrelled rifles and automatic weapons within 15 days. We hope that other governors, most immediately Kansas Gov. Colyer, will not follow Oklahoma's example and will put the needs of the child first.

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