US: Oklahoma Senate passes controversial adoption bill

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would let religious organizations discriminate against same-sex couples in the adoption and foster care process.

The measure, Senate Bill 1140, passed by a vote of 35-9 and heads to the House for consideration.

It states, “To the extent allowed by federal law, no private child placing agency 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.”

Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, is the author. He said the measure would increase the number of adoptions in the state. It would allow agencies that have statements of faith to still be able to contract with the state to provide much needed homes for adoptions and foster care, Treat said.

Treat said the measure would get more participants into the system and would not preclude anyone from participating. Treat said the measure would stop the discrimination against faith-based organizations from participating.

“Bills such as SB 1140 are a clear attempt to solve a ‘problem’ that simply doesn’t exist while enshrining anti-LGBTQ discrimination into law,” said Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. Read more via Tulsa World