OKLAHOMA: Republicans Pass Bill Allowing Adoption Agencies To Turn Away Gays And Non-Christians

The Associated Press reports:

A bill that opponents say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians has cleared the Oklahoma Senate. Senate Bill 1140 passed 35-9 Tuesday and now heads to the House.

The bill would cover child-placing agencies that block adoptive parents who do not meet the agencies’ religious or moral standards. Republican Sen. Greg Treat sponsored the bill and said it would protect that practice from potential lawsuits.

Republicans hold a 39-8 majority in the Oklahoma Senate. In the Oklahoma House, the GOP also dominates 73-28.

A similar bill was approved last month by the Georgia Senate and is now pending before the Georgia House Judiciary Committee.