The NRA issued a statement in Washington blasting Fallin for what it was going back on her commitment to support such a gun carry law when she ran for re-election in 2014.

He predicted that as a result of the bill's passage, "countless young people... will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate".

The invoice handed the Oklahoma Home of Representatives in a 59-28 vote in late April.

"Oklahoma is a state that respects the Second Amendment". It gives special permission to religiously-affiliated government-funded child welfare agencies to place the agencies' beliefs above the needs and best interests of children in care and discriminate against parents who are trying to provide a loving home.

As queer and trans advocacy groups in Oklahoma pursue legal action to overturn the law, almost every leading civil rights organization has come out to oppose SB 1140.


"SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not", the governor said Friday. Josh Stickney, Administrative Associate at Equality Federation, is an adoptee & has lived in Oklahoma his entire life stated, "I'm extremely disappointed that our state has chose to fund discrimination in our foster care & adoption agencies".

"It does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma", she writes.

Currently, five states - Mississippi, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and North Dakota - have similar laws on the books, although Michigan's law is being challenged in the federal courts thanks to the ACLU.

"The bill will help continue Oklahoma's successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families", she said in the release. "Gov. Fallin has cemented her legacy, siding with discrimination and the legislature in throwing kids under the bus to create a "license to discriminate" against LGBTQ Oklahomans".

The new law goes into effect November 1.


"Once more, I consider the firearms legal guidelines we presently have in place are efficient, acceptable and minimal, and serve to reassure our residents that people who find themselves carrying handguns on this state are certified to take action", Fallin's assertion ended.

The gambit worked. After SB 284 passed in the Kansas House and Senate, Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer vowed to sign the legislation, citing the importance of religious groups in finding youth loving homes.

As the state prepares to follow Oklahoma's lead in passing its anti-LGBTQ adoption law, Catholic groups have placed blame on queer and trans advocates for forcing them to discriminate in the first place.

Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson said in a statement that his group plans to sue, telling Fallin in a statement: "We'll see you in court!"


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