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posted Friday, March 16, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 11
Oklahoma bill to allow adoption discrimination against same-sex parents advances
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Oklahoma bill to allow adoption discrimination against same-sex parents advances

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill to allow faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people, and non-Christians passed the Oklahoma Senate on March 13.

Called SB 1140, the measure passed by a lopsided 35-to-9 margin and now heads to the House.

The bill would allow child placement agencies to block adoptive parents who do not meet the agencies' religious or moral standards.

Oklahoma Senate Democrats opposed the bill, but Republicans hold a 39-to-8 majority in the Senate. In the Oklahoma House, the GOP also dominates 73-to-28.

Republican Sen. Greg Treat sponsored the bill and said it would protect faith-based adoption agencies from potential lawsuits.

LGBT rights advocates said the measure was unnecessary and would keep children from being placed in loving homes. The LGBT rights group Freedom Oklahoma launched a campaign on March 12 to kill the bill, but it was too late.

Similar laws have been passed in at least seven other states, including Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas last year. An almost identical bill was approved last month by the Georgia Senate and is now pending before the Georgia House Judiciary Committee.

A bill with similar language has been introduced in the US Congress.

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