An Oklahoma senator says he wants to set the record straight on a new law that addresses faith-based adoption and foster care.
"There is a lot of misinformation on this bill that it ends same-sex adoption in Oklahoma and it does not," Greg Treat, Oklahoma's senate majority leader, tells OneNewsNow.
Treat sponsored and introduced Senate Bill 1140, which has been predictably criticized for "discriminating" against same-sex couples.
A homosexual activist called the new law "religious fanaticism," and the legislation survived pressure from such activists and now-familiar claims of bigotry and hate.
There were also threats of corporations refusing to operate or expand business in Oklahoma, a common arm-twisting threat of homosexual activists that often works as intended on business-minded lawmakers.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law May 11 and it takes effect November 1.
In a statement, Fallin pointed out that "diversity" is supposedly valued by society and it makes sense, for the sake of children in foster care, to allow faith-based adoption agencies to abide by their beliefs. The alternative, she also said, is for those agencies to close rather than betray their beliefs.
She also instructed the state Dept. of Human Services to publish a list of adoption agencies in the state - a list that likely includes adoption agencies that place children in same-sex households.
Treat says the purpose of the bill is to protect faith-based adoption agencies and ensure the State of Oklahoma doesn't "jerk the rug out from under them" for their views on marriage and family.
"A lot of people like to throw around the words 'bigoted' and 'discrimination,'" he says. "But I want to make sure our churches are not discriminated against either when they try to operate in the arena of helping these vulnerable kids."