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Gun bill vetoed by Oklahoma's governor

Gun bill vetoed by Oklahoma's governor

Fallin also signed another bill that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions, managing to anger both gun and gay rights groups on the same day.

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".

The governor said the law will not restrict the ability of LGBT people from getting a child through adoption or foster care, but critics fiercely disagreed.

"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.

Said Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma: "While we are deeply disappointed that Governor Fallin choose to sign discrimination into law, we are more concerned about the children - desperately looking for homes - that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation". "This measure serves no legitimate policy objective".

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But Fallin's assurance the law isn't discriminatory and she'll take additional action for potential LGBT parents wasn't enough for LGBT rights, who condemned her for signing the measure.

"Oklahoma is a state that respects the Second Amendment". 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.

The bill is supported by the powerful Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the state's Catholic bishops. Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.

To date, seven states have passed laws allowing faith-based placement centers to refuse services to same-sex couples: Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia.

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The measure has faced opposition from LGBTQ advocacy groups.

"I might not be standing right here on a invoice as controversial as this if I did not consider it might assist extra youngsters to get into loving houses", Deal with mentioned throughout a typically testy debate close to the top of the legislative session earlier this month.

Oklahoma's governor vetoed a bill that would have let many adults carry guns in public without permits or training.

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. "Behind these bills lies an underlying message: We don't want L.G.B.T.Q. people raising children", she said. "To deny qualified parents eager to foster or adopt children in need of loving homes due to their sexual orientation or gender-identity or particular religious belief is not only wrong, but impacts the most vulnerable the most".

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