In a recent article in the New York Times, Jacey Fortin writes about Oklahoma adopting a bill which would essentially allow adoption agencies to have discretion when placing children in homes that violate their own written religious policies. Oklahoma became the eighth state in the country to sign such a bill. We will discuss the article as well as provide some insight as to what this means to the rest of the country. The entire New York Times article can be found at the following link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/12/us/oklahoma-gay-adoption-bill.html
Same-sex marriages were adopted by the Supreme Court in 2015. Although the 2015 ruling was mostly in favor of the LGBTQ community seeking marriage equality, adoption agencies are still currently governed by state law. Republican Governor Mary Fallin, who put the bill into state law, acknowledged that the new law does not ban same-sex adoption but will help allow children to be placed in homes by continuing with what has worked in the past for the best interest of the state’s children. Opponents of the bill believe that the law is unconstitutional. Denise Brogan-Kator of the Family Equality Council is quoted in the article as saying: “Behind these bills lies an underlying message: We don’t want L.G.B.T.Q. people raising children”. She also states that the new law places limits on the homes available to children. Allie Shinn of the American Civil Liberties Union says that the new law will bring “a culture of fear and hysteria…”. Proponents of the bill say that the bill will help children by protecting the adoption agencies. Other major supporters of the law are prominent members of the Catholic Church.
So what does this mean to the rest of the country? This provides further divide between the same-sex and anti-LGBTQ communities. The only ones who will lose in this long-standing battle are the children. It is about time that Americans unite on one side or the other to end this issue.