Oklahoma Bill Regarding Religious Convictions of Child-Placing Agencies (HB 1507)
This law was last updated on Jan 18, 2018
HB 1507 would allow a private child-placing agency to refuse to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the written religious or moral convictions or policies of the agency.
The bill would prohibit the Department of Human Services from denying an application for an initial license or renewal of a license or revoking the license of a private child-placing agency because of the agency’s objection to performing, assisting, counseling, recommending, consenting to, referring or participating in a placement that violates the written religious or moral convictions or policies of the agency.
Additionally, the bill would prohibit the state from denying a private child-placing agency any grant, contract or participation in a government program due to such objections.
If passed, child-placement agencies would be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals looking to adopt.