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UPDATE: May 11, 2018

Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 1140 into law, making Oklahoma the first state in the nation to enact anti-LGBTQ legislation in 2018, specifically targeting the foster care and adoption system.

Media Coverage:

"Oklahoma governor signs adoption law opposed by LGBT groups"
Associated Press

"Oklahoma Passes Adoption Law That L.G.B.T. Groups Call Discriminatory"
New York Times

"Oklahoma’s governor angers the NRA and gay rights groups — on the same day"
Washington Post


Letter from Faith Leaders Opposing Oklahoma SB 1140

Over 100 Oklahoma-based and national faith leaders and organizations have called on Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to veto SB 1140. If signed into law, the bill would permit child welfare agencies that receive taxpayer dollars to discriminate against prospective, qualified foster care parents simply because their religious views do not mirror the agency’s.

In a joint letter, the faith leaders and organizations affirm their commitment to religious freedom and celebrate the important work of faith-based child welfare agencies but caution against the distortion of religious freedom as an excuse to discriminate. The letter rejects the notion that faith-based child welfare agencies should be allowed to put their faith above the best interests of the children they serve, stating that:

“our values as Americans and as people of faith compel us to ensure that every child finds their forever home, and that every family that can provide a safe, supportive, and loving home for a child is matched with the child that will make their family whole.”


Letter from Child Welfare Organizations Opposing Oklahoma SB 1140

11 national and Oklahoma-based child welfare organizations have called on Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to veto SB 1140. If signed into law, the bill would permit child welfare agencies that receive taxpayer dollars to discriminate against prospective, qualified foster care parents simply because their religious views do not mirror the agency’s. The organizations state:

"If SB 1140 becomes law it would send a message to children and families in Oklahoma, and, most importantly, to those within its child welfare system, that the state endorses the notion that LGBT people and families are second class citizens and not suitable as parents and that a person’s faith is relevant to their parenting ability. "