Oklahoma Discrimination Is Not OK

13 May, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Oklahoma Action Needed: Constitutional Carry Legislation Awaits Governor Fallin's Signature

The Family Equality Council, which advocates for LGBTQ families, said in a statement that the Oklahoma law targets the gay community and encourages religious-based adoption agencies "to discriminate on the basis of their belief that LGBTQ people should not be raising children".

He predicted that as a result of the bill's passage, "countless young people... will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate".

Fallin was widely expected to sign the legislation after it passed with wide majorities in the House and Senate.

"Republican voters believe in the Second Amendment and they believe they should be able to exercise that right with as little interference from the government as possible", Worthen said.

"Granting agencies a license to discriminate hurts all children waiting for a forever home by reducing the pool of potential parents, allowing taxpayer-funded providers to refuse to place children with close relatives who happen to be LGBTQ and permitting discrimination against potential parents of another faith", he continued.

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. At the time, some lawmakers expected Fallin to pass the legislation, while the bill's author, Republican Sen.

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"The bill will help continue Oklahoma's successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families", she said in the release. 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 made a decision to fund discrimination in our foster care & adoption agencies".

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.

But Fallin's action drew support from Oklahoma's Catholic bishops. It handed the state's Senate on Might 2 in a 33-9 vote.

"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.

Some 11 different states have handed comparable laws, which, if applied in Oklahoma, would have "eradicated the requirement to finish a brief firearms security and coaching course from an authorized teacher and exhibit competency with a pistol earlier than carrying a gun in public", based on the governor's workplace.

"Our message to Governor Fallin, and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: we'll see you in court!" added Stevenson.

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