The Oklahoma legislature has approved a measure that would allow adoption agencies and foster care agencies to deny the placement of a child with individuals with lifestyles that do not fit their religious or moral criteria. Supporters of LGBT rights oppose the bill they say could deny adoption to same-sex couples, unmarried people, and individuals with non-Christian beliefs. Authored by State Senator Greg Treat, it passed the Oklahoma Senate last month and was approved by the state's House with a 60-26 vote on Thursday. SB1140 now goes to Governor Mary Fallin's desk for her signature.
Supporters of the bill continue to try to make some changes to the bill, however. In its current form, the legislation includes an amendment that allows denial of child placement only by agencies that do not receive either state or federal funding. Previous attempts to remove this amendment have failed, but Fox News reports that one of the bill's endorsers, the Catholic Charity Conference of Oklahoma, continues in their efforts.