New Oklahoma law will allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

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

"The idea that bigotry trumps decency is really reprehensible", said Sharon Bishop-Baldwin, the vice president of Oklahomans for Equality's board of directors.

The new law makes it legal to deny placing children in LGBTQ homes based on "religious objections". "This is abhorrent and unacceptable". There are children in the Oklahoma child welfare system in desperate need of loving families.

"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.

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.

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Fallin additional that the bill "eradicates the present capacity of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish among people carrying guns who've been trained and vetted, and people who've maybe not", instills a debate that lots of law makers that opposed the mandate, such as for instance Democratic state Rep. Shane Stone, created the monthly bill was debated. If she had signed it into law, Oklahoma residents would have been able to hide carry without a license.

The move also garnered the support of Oklahoma's Catholic bishops.

The bill had the support of state Republicans and the NRA.

Fallin's statement on the legislation says the agencies would not be required to "perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate" in a placement that would violate their written policy.

The pair added that they were "grateful for Gov. Fallin's support of religious liberty".

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Her decision outraged gay rights groups.

State Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Rick Adams has said the bill would cut his agency's revenue by $4.7 million a year due to lost application fees.

The national charity organization urged its supporters to write to their state representatives asking them to back SB 284. It passed the Senate on May 2 by a vote of 33 to nine.

LGBTQ advocates quickly criticized the new law.

Polls show a majority of the public disagrees with that assertion, widely opposing the refusal of adoptions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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