Governor Fallin vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

Mary Fallin has put her signature on Senate Bill 1140 which effectively legalizes LGBTQ discrimination by faith-based adoption and foster care agencies which receive public funds. 1212, been signed into law, Oklahoma would have kept its licensing provisions on the books, but no longer mandated them for those wishing to carry a firearm in public.

"Again, I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so", the governor said.

And there's one more point for the governor to consider in making her decision on Senate Bill 1212. Nathan Dahm, was cautious that Fallin would select to veto Constitutional Carry as a result of "she had vetoed different gun laws prior to now", he informed Fox Information on the time. "Gov. Fallin has cemented her legacy, siding with discrimination and the legislature in throwing kids under the bus to create a "license to discriminate" against LGBTQ Oklahomans".

Fallin is in her second four-year term and can not run for re-election this year.

Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have allowed for permit-less carry. The legislation, known as SB 1140, will allow taxpayer funded adoption agencies to cite their "religious or moral convictions" to refuse to allow LGBT people to adopt.

The Family Equality Council, which advocates for LGBTQ families, said the law allows religious groups "to discriminate on the basis of their belief that LGBTQ people should not be raising children".

"We are grateful for Gov. Fallin's support of religious liberty in Oklahoma", said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and the Most Rev. David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa. Our message to Gov. Fallin and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: "We'll see you in court!" said Executive Director Troy Stevenson.

Supporters of the bill stressed that the state's foster care system is "overloaded". "If this goes into law - in addition to cutting employees in our self-defense act unit - another 40 to 60 positions will have to be cut agency-wide by the end of this year".

Fallin vetoed the bill that would have removed the jury from its role in sentencing offenders younger than 18 and put the responsibility exclusively in the hands of a judge.