Mary Fallin Signs Adoption Bill Opposed by LGBTQ

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Simply declaring a religious or moral opposition to same-sex marriage would allow a faith-based agency the legal right to refuse to place a child in same-sex homes.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma accused the state of using LGBT people as "political pawns".

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.

The bill passed in the Republican dominated state House with a 56-21 vote and in the state Senate, 33-7, CNN reported.

Fallin said in a statement that the bill still allows the placement of children in a "broad array of loving families".

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. "Rather than focusing on empowering families or uniting children with loving parents, Governor Fallin and Oklahoma Republicans want to strip qualified potential parents of their ability to provide for a child in need", DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta said.

Chris Cox, executive director for the NRA's Institute for legislative action, criticized Fallin for vetoing the bill despite her promise to support "constitutional carry" legislation in 2014.

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Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma, said he's "deeply disappointed" Fallin signed the measure, but is "more concerned about the children - desperately looking for homes - that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation".

Catholic groups which have supported the legislation agreed it would actually help children by expanding the options for placement in the state.

"Make no mistake, we'll battle for probably the most weak Oklahomans focused by this regulation". Only after the Obama administration threatened a loss of federal funds to state withholding those benefits did Fallin agree to a a deal enabling same-sex couples to obtain them.

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.

"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.

The legislation is believed to be the first anti-LGBT bill signed into law this year.

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