Oklahoma Discrimination Is Not OK

This law allows child welfare organizations including adoption & foster care agencies to discriminate against qualified Oklahomans seeking to care for a child in need including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

The veto comes after opposition from the business community and law enforcement authorities, including top officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, who said it could threaten public safety.

"The same measure will allow such agencies to refuse to place LGBTQ youth in foster or adoptive homes, instead leaving them to languish in state shelters", he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma said LGBT people in the state are "political pawns".

Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, called SB 1140 "reprehensible".

" Again, " I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are efficient, minimal and appropriate, and also function to guarantee our citizens that people who're carrying handguns in the nation are capable to accomplish this", Fallin's statement concluded. If she had signed it into law, Oklahoma residents would have been able to hide carry without a license.

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"SB 1140 is discriminatory, anti-family, anti-children, and anti-First Amendment", Allie Shinn, external affairs director for the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in a statement.

"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".

"SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs", Fallin said. About a dozen states have passed similar so-called "constitutional carry" laws.

Supporters of the law included Catholic leaders like the archbishop of Oklahoma City, Paul S. Coakley, and the bishop of Tulsa, David A. Konderla.

LGBTQ advocates quickly criticized the new law. "Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law and, if necessary, we will do so in a court of law".

  • Adam Floyd