Oklahoma governor vetoes gun carry bill in defeat for NRA

Mary Fallin

Oklahoma governor vetoes gun carry bill in defeat for NRA

But Oklahoma Second Amendment Association president Don Spencer said the bottom line is that "Oklahoma rights were not respected".

Disturbing news from Oklahoma that bigoted homophobic Republican Governor Mary Fallin has signed SB 1140 the adoption & discrimination bill making it the first piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation in the nation this year.

Fallin says the law does not restrict LGBTQ couples from adopting.

A new Oklahoma law will let child welfare providers deny services to prospective same-sex parents.

Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and ‪Most Rev. David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa, said they were grateful for the governor's support and they believe nothing changes in the adoption or foster care process with the bill's signing.

Meanwhile, supporters of the measure said they believed members of the public should be able to defend themselves from threats without having to meet the requirements set out by the state to carry a firearm.

Chris Cox, executive director for the NRA's Institute for legislative action, criticized Fallin for vetoing the bill despite her promise to support "constitutional carry" legislation in 2014. "Furthermore, I call on the people of Oklahoma to elect leaders who have the true Oklahoma Standard at heart rather than this kind of bigotry & hatred toward their fellow Oklahomans".

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"Our message to Governor Fallin, and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: we'll see you in court!" added Stevenson.

Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma, said he's "deeply disappointed" Fallin signed the measure, but is "more concerned about the children - desperately looking for homes - that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation".

However Fallin's motion drew help from Oklahoma's Catholic bishops. "Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law and, if necessary, we will do so in a court of law".

The Household Equality Council, which advocates for LGBTQ households, mentioned in an announcement that the Oklahoma regulation targets the homosexual group and encourages religious-based adoption companies "to discriminate on the idea of their perception that LGBTQ individuals shouldn't be elevating youngsters".

"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", the governor said.

Currey Cook, counsel and director for the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project at Lambda Legal, urged Coyler not to follow Fallin's lead and veto the anti-LGBT adoption bill pending before him.

"With over 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, including more than 16,000 in Oklahoma alone, the Oklahoma legislature should be focusing on how it can attract more qualified and loving parents to the system - not rejecting potential homes based on the gender identity or sexual orientation of the parents".

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