Legislation to preserve the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies in Oklahoma took an important step toward becoming law Tuesday (March 13) with the support of national and state Baptist leaders.
The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their “written religious or moral convictions or policies.” The bill would permit faith-based adoption agencies to abide by their religious convictions in refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
If the measure becomes law, Oklahoma will join seven other states in providing such protections for faith-based agencies. The House of Representatives must pass the bill before it goes to the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin.
The proposal’s supporters are seeking to protect faith-based agencies in Oklahoma from suffering the fate of foster and adoption entities in such states as Massachusetts, where religious organizations halted their services rather than breach their beliefs by placing children with same-sex couples.