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Kansas And Oklahoma Debate Legislation Concerning Adoption By Same-Sex Couples

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    The Oklahoma House has given final approval to a bill that would grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to place children in homes with same-sex couples.
    The vote in Oklahoma comes as Republican legislators in Kansas are trying to break a political stalemate over a similar measure.
    The Oklahoma House voted 56-21 on Thursday for the bill over the objections of Democrats, who tried several parliamentary maneuvers to derail it.
     At one point, the presiding officer in the House threatened to have a member forcibly removed.
    The bill would protect child-placing agencies that block adoptive parents who do not meet the agencies' religious or moral standards.
     It now heads to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who hasn't indicated if she would sign it.

    In Kansas Thursday, House and Senate negotiators  drafted a new version of a stalled bill to prevent the state from barring agencies from providing adoption services if they won't place children in homes violating their religious beliefs. 
 

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