A similar bill has already passed the Oklahoma Senate. Mary Fallin has signed Senate Bill , which allows religious adoption agencies to refuse service to gay couples. Fallin also said she would direct the Department of Human Services, by executive order, to immediately publish a list of Oklahoma adoption and foster agencies on its website who are willing to serve everyone who meets the Department of Human Services criteria for being a foster or adoptive parent. Opponents have said the bill will allow state-sponsored discrimination against same-sex couples. During legislative debate, some Democrats suggested that a church could reject interracial couples or could serve clientele based on Sharia law. Fact Checks.
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Court declines to hear appeals from five states — Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin — seeking to uphold same-sex marriage bans and paves way for legalisation in six other states. The US supreme court signalled a sweeping expansion of gay rights across America on Monday, declining to hear appeals from five states seeking to uphold bans on same-sex marriage and setting a course for legalisation in a majority of states in the union. But it had the dramatic effect of clearing a way for its rapid expansion to 30 states and the District of Columbia. The decision had an immediate impact on five states.
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The twin actions announced late Friday were among more than a dozen decisions on legislation taken by the term-limited governor as she clears the decks in her waning months in office. Her veto of the gun bill dealt a rare blow to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state. But the proposal to authorize adults to carry firearms without a permit or training was opposed by law enforcement officials, who said it would weaken background checks and hurt public safety. In a statement announcing her veto, Fallin stressed her support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms and noted she had signed concealed and open carry measures in the past.