Gay rights group launches campaign to stop adoption bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gay rights advocates in Oklahoma are launching a campaign to stop a bill they say that the codification of the ability of religious based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples want to take.

Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson said Monday the bill is unnecessary and would deny children the right to a loving family.

Senate Bill 1140 is pushed by the faith-based groups, including the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. It would be the protection of the child-placing agencies that block parents who do not comply with the agency’s religious or moral standards.

The religious groups say that there is a law for the protection of the religious freedom of faith-based adoption providers who may be the policy to help only heterosexual, married, Christian couples to take.

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