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Oklahoma governor signs adoption law opposed by LGBT groups

Oklahoma governor signs adoption law opposed by LGBT groups Oklahoma governor signs adoption law opposed by LGBT groups
Bennie Garza | 12 May, 2018, 17:11

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.

Senate Bill 1212, also referred to as the "Constitutional Carry" bill, was presented by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.

Lawmakers who supported the bill did not hesitate to challenge the pro-gun bona fides of Ms. Fallin, a two-term governor who can not seek re-election when Oklahomans go to vote in November because of term limits. It will have licensed folks 21 and older and army personnel who're a minimum of 18 to legally carry a handgun, both brazenly or hid, and not using a state-issued license or allow.

The bill was passed by the Oklahoma State House of Representative on April 26 and was met with hostility by gun control advocates.

Gov. Mary Fallin, seen here addressing the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this year, has to act soon on a permitless carry proposal now on her desk. I support the right to bear arms and own a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun. "Accordingly, a law-abiding adult's right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes". About a dozen states now allow citizens to carry firearms without a permit. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma. However she added that the invoice would have eradicated the requirement for a coaching course and decreased the extent of background checks to hold a gun.

"I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal", Fallin said in announcing her veto of Senate Bill 1212, which would have removed the requirement for Oklahoma residents to complete a training course and demonstrate competency with a firearm before carrying in public.

Supporters argued that better efforts are needed to screen potential gun buyers, but that shouldn't punish current gun owners.

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