First Anti-LGBTQ Bill to Pass Through State Legislature in 2018 Expected to Reach Oklahoma Governor’s DeskBy Adam Polaski • May 2, 2018 • 10:52 am
“Oklahoma is now poised to pass the most discriminatory bill of the 2018 legislative session, one that allows state-funded adoption agencies to use personal bias as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents—or really anyone,” Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma, said yesterday to supporters of LGBTQ equal treatment.
SB 1140, dangerous adoption legislation that would allow child welfare and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people when placing children in a home by claiming a “religious or moral exemption,” is expected to soon be headed to Governor Mary Fallin’s desk, the first discriminatory legislation to advance through a state legislature in 2018.
On Thursday, May 3 the Senate passed SB 1140, and it’s expected to quickly pass back through the House later today.
Advocates in Oklahoma explain that the legislation would still write discrimination into Oklahoma law. Stevenson said:
“SB 1140 is taxpayer-funded discrimination against Oklahoma families and some of our most vulnerable youth. And I don’t have to tell you what the consequences will be if SB 1140 becomes law: Increased wait times for all youth as the pool of available families is reduced, and the possibility that some young people, especially LBGTQ children, may never find a loving home. There could be economic consequences too—other states have seen a backlash from the business community when considering these kinds of License to Discriminate bills.”
The bill passed over the objections of child welfare and other community organizations who have said clearly that it will hurt, not help, the 9,000+ children in the state’s adoption and foster care system. If LGBTQ families are barred from adopting, all of the children waiting for loving homes will suffer. LGBTQ children, who could legally be refused help by these agencies, stand to suffer the most.
Advocates from Freedom Oklahoma are urging opponents of discrimination to call Governor Fallin and ask her to veto by Dialing 405-521-2342 (or 405-522-8874 after 4:30pm) and telling Governor Fallin: Veto SB 1140 and stop this attack on Oklahoma families!
Freedom for All Americans is proud to stand with Freedom Oklahoma, the statewide organization committed to defending LGBTQ Oklahomans from discrimination and securing proactive wins for LGBTQ equal treatment.
Learn more about the path to LGBTQ nondiscrimination in Oklahoma here.