"With this action, Oklahoma has the negative distinction of being the only state to sign an anti-LGBTQ bill into law this year".
He said children who are desperately looking for homes will be harmed and young people will be stigmatized by "state-sanctioned hate". 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.
Similar discriminatory legislation has been passed or is under consideration in Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, Alabama, Kansas, Georgia, and Texas. "Instead, the bill will help continue Oklahoma's successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families and basically maintain the status quo by setting forth in statute practices which have successfully worked for the best interest of Oklahoma children".
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".
This obscene legislation will cost Oklahomans a great deal of money in lost business & ongoing lawsuits at a time when the state is having trouble affording the basics like school supplies & infrastructure.
In response to the law's passage, Oklahomans for Equality posted a Facebook video in which some people say legal action is being considered.
An opponent of same-sex marriage, Fallin has an anti-LGBT history as governor of Oklahoma.
"Again, I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so", the governor said.
The law Fallin vetoed would have made Oklahoma a so-called "constitutional carry" state, meaning almost all adults could carry a gun with no or minor restrictions.
LGBTQ advocates quickly criticized the new law.
"Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor", said Chris Cox, NRA executive director for legislative affairs.
"Our message to Governor Fallin, and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: we'll see you in court!" added Stevenson.