Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Upholds Religious Rights & Signs Adoption Bill… But Vetoes Important Self-Defense Bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that will allow adoption and foster care agencies to ban same-sex couples on religious grounds.
Too bad she did veto an important piece of self-defense legislation despite the state legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill and her commitment to NRA members to support constitutional carry when she ran for reelection…
— Patrick (@Bound4bahamas) May 12, 2018
News9: Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1140, which protects child-placing agencies that block adoptive parents who do not meet the agencies’ religious or moral standards.
The bill sparked backlash from the LGBTQ community because it grants legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that don’t want to place children in homes with same-sex couples.
Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement:
“After many hours of consideration and investigation of Oklahoma’s current practice, I note the aggressive efforts that have been made since I have been governor and the substantial progress made in finding more temporary and permanent placements for deserving children, reducing by 21 percent the number of children in state custody. This improvement is due in large part to the successful public-private partnership of more than 50 agencies, some of which are faith-based.
Under Senate Bill 1140, the state will not be in any way restricting current practice allowing LGBTQ individuals and couples fostering or adopting. It does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma. Instead, the bill will help continue Oklahoma’s successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families and basically maintain the status quo by setting forth in statute practices which have successfully worked for the best interest of Oklahoma children. I also note that the bill mirrors very similar legislation in Virginia, which has been on the books since 2012 without any court challenges. Since then, five additional states have passed similar legislation. Kansas also has a similar bill before its governor.
SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs. In a day and time when diversity is becoming a core value to society because it will lead to more options, we should recognize its value for serving Oklahoma also because it leads to more options for loving homes to serve Oklahoma children. Other states that have declined the protection to faith-based agencies have seen these agencies close their doors, leaving less options for successful placement of children who need loving parents.
Finally, I remain committed to preserving the rights of all Oklahomans who are eligible and want to be considered for parenting. Therefore, I plan to direct the Department of Human Services, by executive order, to immediately publish a list of Oklahoma adoption and foster agencies on its website who are willing to serve everyone who meets the Department of Human Services criteria for being a foster or adoptive parent.”
Liberals flip-out… OF COURSE, HATERS GONNA HATE:
— Kathy Mitchell (@Allnkat) May 12, 2018
This is no surprise.
Failing is anti-individual for liberty.
— Ron Helton (@RonLHelton) May 12, 2018
What is wrong with people? Kids with a shot at a good home with people who want them are not even a thought in these people’s minds. Religious zealots ruin so many things…https://t.co/e0dtZxU6Sx
— Ken Sobieski (@ISobiWan) May 12, 2018
You don’t want people to get abortions. You don’t let people who want kids to adopt. You won’t fund the schools that the kids who attend them. What is it that you want, Governor Fallin? https://t.co/1ny7LxTsrk
— Tony #KoreanPeace Choi (@tonykchoi) May 12, 2018
Oklahoma Governor Fallin signs bill allowing taxpayer funded anti-gay discrimination -to enable ‘diversity’ – https://t.co/V14k3zgkE3
— Hotpage News (@Hotpage_News) May 12, 2018
— joshua epstein🏳️🌈🖖🏼🗽👨🏼💻🇺🇸 (@thejoshuablog) May 12, 2018
Yep. Now be a decent human being @GovMaryFallin and veto the adoption bill you just signed that prevents children from finding loving homes based on the sexual preference of those who want to adopt.
— Kat (@KatAdler21) May 12, 2018
That Oz Family Institute Study revealed similar conclusions with gay couples. Seems Governor Fallin’s misinformed and bigoted views certainly not based on sound research. As you say, she’s exposing these kids to the risk of institutional child abuse rather than a loving home env
— William Byng (@WByng) May 12, 2018
Governor Fallin is a fucking witch. Glad she helped you out with your push for gun reform. But she discriminates against LGBTQ people and is s horrible person. https://t.co/ZzNIGObimf
— Elizabeth (@danelikei) May 12, 2018
DEPLORABLE GOP!! Oklahoma Governor Fallin signs bill allowing taxpayer funded anti-gay discrimination -to enable ‘diversity’ https://t.co/QBuP2mSvx8
— Debra Amato (@Amatodeb) May 12, 2018