Oklahoma's Governor Signs First Anti-LGBTQ Law Of 2018

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

Mary Fallin signed a invoice late Friday that homosexual rights advocates say would enable religious-based adoption companies to discriminate towards same-sex , single individuals and non-Christians in inserting youngsters.

The bill states that private child-placement agencies should not be required by law to "participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".

That's false. The bill will actually restrict the number of new homes available to children, some of whom no doubt are LGBTQ themselves. "This measure serves no legitimate policy goal".

Freedom Oklahoma, one other LGBT advocacy group, threatened to sue the state over the brand new regulation.

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

"Oklahoma has now joined a small group of states that have broken the cardinal rule of child welfare-that the needs of children should come first", said Family Equality Council CEO Stan Sloan in a press release. 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.

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South Dakota, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas already have similar legislation.

Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and ‪Most Rev. David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa, said they were grateful for the governor's support and they believe nothing changes in the adoption or foster care process with the bill's signing.

But as INTO previously reported, Catholic groups have been strong-arming state lawmakers into passing anti-LGBTQ adoption bills by threatening to close up shop if the discriminatory laws aren't introduced.

An opponent of same-sex marriage, Fallin has an anti-LGBT history as governor of Oklahoma.

'Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law.

"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", Acosta said. 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".

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