“The Adoption Protection Act” is a Oklahoma House bill that effectively allows adoption agencies and foster care agencies to discriminate against parents that do not conform with the “sincerely held religious beliefs” of the placement agency. And it passed.
Supporters of the bill claim the “state’s foster care system is overloaded.”
Wait. What? If the system is overloaded...wouldn’t you want more people to be able to adopt or care for those children? But no. These agencies will decline to place children in loving homes if the parents views differ from their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Seems a bit counter-intuitive, guys.
Opponents of the bill claim that it will allow the agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ parents, which is most likely true. Although advocates promise to fight against the bill, it is due to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin.
In case you are thinking Oklahoma is just some backward anomaly state, you will be saddened to know that South Dakota, Michigan, Alabama and Texas already have similarly themed legislation.