Oklahoma votes to forbid same—sex couples to adopt


Oklahoma lawmakers have voted in favour of a bill which enable adoption and foster agencies to deny same-sex couples in their services if it is motivated by religious beliefs. The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 1140 on April 26, after the bill had been passed by the state Senate on March 13. If Republican Governor Mary Fallin signs it into law, which is likely to happen, it will be enacted in November. The bill says that “no private childplacing agency receiving neither federal nor state funds shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.” Same-sex adoption is officially legal in 50 USA states since 2016. But there are still some attempts to provide so-called ‘religious freedom bills’, which would allow agencies’ owners to deny LGBT adopters, because homosexuality is wrong according to their faith. Including Oklahoma, eight states – including Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia – have introduced the bills of such kind


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