Governor Fallin vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

13 May, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Oklahoma Action Needed: Constitutional Carry Legislation Awaits Governor Fallin's Signature

This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Poltical COnsultant Neva Hill about the 2018 legislative session ending three weeks ahead of schedule with several controversial bills heading to Governor Fallin's desk and the lawmakers might not be finished in this year.

Freedom Oklahoma, another LGBT advocacy group, threatened to sue the state. In a statement announcing the veto, Fallin emphasized her support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms and noted she has previously signed concealed and open carry measures.

The legislation could also withhold child placement with single or divorced people if their social status were to offend an adoption agency's religious beliefs.

As we reported last month, SB 1140, which passed the House of Representatives by a large 60-25 margin, protects agencies that don't receive government funding from being forced to place children with adoptive or foster parents who "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".

"The same measure will allow such agencies to refuse to place LGBTQ youth in foster or adoptive homes, instead leaving them to languish in state shelters", he said.

Faith-based organizations involved in adoption and foster care have closed in other states that don't have similar laws, she said. "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". "This is abhorrent and unacceptable".

"Rather than focusing on empowering families or uniting children with loving parents, Governor Fallin and Oklahoma Republicans want to strip qualified potential parents of their ability to provide for a child in need", DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta said. He called Catholic Charities "key to the fabric of our communities" in a statement. And more agencies will be involved, they said. Oklahoma's leaders must live with that, and live with the reputational fallout that it may bring. "Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law and, if necessary, we will do so in a court of law".

He believes the new law is "a clear violation of the establishment and equal protection clauses of the U. S. Constitution".

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