Oklahoma's Governor Signs First Anti-LGBTQ Law Of 2018

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13 May, 2018

Catholic groups which have supported the legislation agreed it would actually help children by expanding the options for placement in the state.

Her decision outraged gay rights groups.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, on Friday signed a controversial bill that allows religious child welfare organizations, including adoption and foster care agencies, to discriminate against same-sex couples.

"Again, I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so", Fallin's statement ended. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma.

The bill would have allowed Oklahomans to carry a handgun without a state-issued permit, like in a dozen other states with "constitutional carry" provisions.

Fallin added that the invoice "eliminates the present capacity of Oklahoma regulation enforcement to tell apart between these carrying weapons who've been skilled and vetted, and people who haven't", echoing an argument that many lawmakers who opposed the mandate, equivalent to Democratic state Rep. Shane Stone, made whereas the invoice was debated.

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The case has stirred strong emotions both in Britain and overseas , with hundreds of thousands signing petitions supporting him. It added: "All of us feel deeply for Alfie , Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them".

The state now requires a license to carry a handgun openly or concealed.

"Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor", said Chris Cox, NRA executive director for legislative affairs.

Writes Currey Cook, Counsel and Director, Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, Lambda Legal: "With the stroke of a pen, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin earns the dubious honor of becoming the first governor in 2018 to write anti-LGBT discrimination into law and withhold loving homes from Oklahoma children".

Fallin is in her second four-year term and can not run for re-election this year. "As governor, I have signed both concealed-carry and open-carry legislation". This obscene legislation will cost Oklahomans a great deal of money in lost business & ongoing lawsuits at a time when the state is having trouble affording the basics like school supplies & infrastructure. "Especially in more rural areas".

Whereas Oklahoma "is a state that respects the Second Modification", Fallin stated in a press release, she selected to veto the invoice, also called Senate Invoice 1212, as a result of "the firearms requirement we present have in state regulation are few and cheap". In 2014, she vetoed a bill requiring state authorities to sign off on applications for federally-regulated items such as silencers, short-barreled rifles and automatic weapons within 15 days.


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