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".
Democrats pounced on Trump for not pursuing direct Medicare negotiations, an idea he championed before reaching the White House. Trump calls his plan the "most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people".
We have no idea if James can top what he's done the last 10 games, but we're certainly not ruling it out. But for me, it's about, I'm going to show them how much I trust them and how much I believe in them.
Some of the protesters, mainly youths, brandished wire cutters, a popular tool in weekly attempts to cut through the border fence. Israel, simultaneously, celebrates this its day of Independence and this year will be marking its 70th anniversary.
"There is no other way to say it - AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake ", the memo said . On Tuesday, it was revealed that Cohen had received a series of payments into his shell company, Essential Consulting, LLC.
Iron Man was last seen on Thanos' planet, Titan, after the Mad Titan snapped his fingers to wipe out half the universe. We know from the past couple movies and Infinity War especially that Tony is like a mentor to Peter.
The threat of violent explosions prompted authorities to close the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Friday until further notice. US President Trump declared a major disaster in the Kilauea island of Hawaii days after series of quake and volcanic eruption.
It was recently reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been honoured as wax models at Madame Tussauds . But Prince Harry also affects the protocol, with his presence supposedly affecting her status.
104 year old Australian Scientist David Goodall ends his Life
Currently, most legislation that allows for assisted suicide or euthanasia does so only in the cases of terminally ill patients. A 104-year-old Australian scientist identified as David Goodall has ended his life in Switzerland over deteriorating life.
North Korean Nuclear Tunnels
Pompeo said he had a "good" conversation with North Koreans and did his best to convey the United States message to them. President Trump tweeted Thursday that his "highly-anticipated" meeting with Kim will take place in Singapore on June 12.
SpaceX to test new rocket for astronauts
SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission. STP-2 has a number of objectives, including demonstrating the new rocket's capabilities and launching several satellites.