Advocates: Okla. bill could block gay adoptions

Posted at 10:24 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 07:15:46-05

Oklahoma House Bill 2428 is written as a religious freedom bill, but critics say it could stop some gay couples from adopting or fostering children.

Representative Sally Kern authored the bill. She has faced criticism before for authoring and defending legislation that opponents say are discriminatory and anti-gay.

This billdoes not refer to gay couples; instead its text reads as a protection for child welfare workers' religious freedom preventing them from having to place kids in homes they object to.

Andrew Grimes and his partner Keith McClain are currently fostering four children. They are speaking out against the bill saying it could prevent children from being placed in loving homes.

"That's exactly what this bill is going to allow, open and discrimination against LGBT families," Grimes said.

Grimes points out the large need for foster families Oklahoma has right now.

"There is huge need for foster and adoptive families. In fact, there is a big push from the governor down," he said.

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