Oklahoma Governor Angers Gun, Gay Rights Groups on Same Day


"To the extent allowed by federal law, no private child placing agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or 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".

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. At some time, some law makers expected Fallin to pass the law, as the bill's au thor, Republican Sen.

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.

The veto comes after opposition from the business community and law enforcement authorities, including top officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, who said it could threaten public safety.

Supporters of the bill are organizations supporting Catholic adoption agencies - such as Catholic Charities and the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma - who say these agencies will have to shut their doors if forced to place children into LGBT homes.

With this action, Oklahoma has the negative distinction of being the only state [s] to sign an anti-LGBTQ bill into law this year. Oklahoma's leaders must live with that, and live with the reputational fallout that it may bring.

"Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves", Fallin said in a statement.

Allie Shinn, the director of external affairs for the American Civil Liberties Union chapter of Oklahoma, said the law's "only goal is to shortsightedly advance the careers of politicians who are more interested in exploiting a culture of fear and hysteria than they are in effectively governing".

He predicted that as a result of the bill's passage, "countless young people... will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate". Our message to Gov. Fallin and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is easy: "We'll see you in courtroom!" mentioned Govt Director Troy Stevenson.

An opponent of same-sex marriage, Fallin has an anti-LGBT history as governor of Oklahoma. Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.

The govern did, however, sign a bill into law regarding adoptions.

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