Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

OK Governor Vetoes Gun Bill, Signs Adoption Bill

OK Governor Vetoes Gun Bill, Signs Adoption Bill

"Today, I signed Senate Bill 1140, which allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs", Fallin tweeted.

"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".

Will & Grace stars Megan Mullaly and Debra Messing tweeted their opposition.

The adoption law goes into effect November 1.

"Oklahomans believe that lawabiding individuals will have the ability to shield on their own".

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. A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the MI law is pending in the federal courts. She noted she had signed concealed and open carry measures in the past, and felt the state's current laws provide adequate protection of those rights.

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

Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed the "Constitutional have" charge which, if passed, would have permitted handgun owners in their nation to take without initially receiving a permit.

"While we are deeply disappointed that Governor Fallin chose to sign discrimination into law, we are more concerned about the children-desperately looking for homes-that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation", Stevenson said in a statement. "Furthermore, I call on the people of Oklahoma to elect leaders who have the true Oklahoma Standard at heart rather than this kind of bigotry & hatred toward their fellow Oklahomans".

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

"Make no mistake, we'll battle for probably the most weak Oklahomans focused by this regulation".

While it could also be used to deny single mothers and interfaith couples, critics insist SB 1140 specificaly targets same-sex couples.

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

"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.

"I would not be standing here on a bill as controversial as this if I didn't believe it would help more children to get into loving homes", Treat said during a sometimes testy debate near the end of the legislative session earlier this month. 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".

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.

Currey Cook, counsel and director for the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project at Lambda Legal, urged Coyler not to follow Fallin's lead and veto the anti-LGBT adoption bill pending before him.

"We'll see you in court", he said in a statement.

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