Mary Fallin signed a bill late Friday that gay rights advocates say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians in placing children.
Permitless carry legislation, SB 1212, passed the Oklahoma House on April 25 by a vote of 59-28.
As state lawmakers were debating the proposal earlier this month, Stevenson warned its passage would "cost the state of Oklahoma business revenue". It has been described as "state-sponsored discrimination".
"And the countless young people who will be stigmatized by state sanctioned hate".
Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, called SB 1140 "reprehensible".
"This law will be challenged in court, and it will be found to be unconstitutional", Jenkins added.
But Oklahoma Second Amendment Association president Don Spencer said the bottom line is that "Oklahoma rights were not respected".
Opponents said that the bill would allow discrimination based on anti-LGBTQ hatred.
On Friday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the state's "Constitutional Carry" gun bill. "Instead, the bill will help continue Oklahoma's successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families and basically maintain the status quo by setting forth in statute practices which have successfully worked for the best interest of Oklahoma children". There are children in the Oklahoma child welfare system in desperate need of loving families. While that may be technically true, it would allow agencies to reject couples "in accordance with their beliefs" ― that is, because those couples are in the LGBTQ community.
Chris Cox, executive director for the NRA's Institute for legislative action, criticized Fallin for vetoing the bill despite her promise to support "constitutional carry" legislation in 2014.
Kansas's governor has a similar anti-LGBTQ adoption bill waiting on his desk.
"We'll see you in court", he said in a statement.
Polls show a majority of the public disagrees with that assertion, widely opposing the refusal of adoptions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. And more agencies will be involved, they said. Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.