The legislation could also withhold child placement with single or divorced people if their social status were to offend an adoption agency's religious beliefs.
The bill states that private child-placement agencies should not be required by law to "participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".
"The same measure will allow such agencies to refuse to place LGBTQ youth in foster or adoptive homes, instead leaving them to languish in state shelters", he said.
Now in her final year in office, Fallin has increasingly made reducing the state's prison population a top priority and pushed for changes to the state's harsh sentencing laws that have pushed Oklahoma to the second-highest incarceration rate in the country, behind only Louisiana.
Acosta argues that with more than 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, including more than 16,000 in Oklahoma, the state's legislature "should be focusing on how it can attract more qualified and loving parents to the system-not rejecting potential homes based on the gender identity or sexual orientation of the parents".
The pair added that they were "grateful for Gov. Fallin's support of religious liberty".
The bill was passed by the Oklahoma State House of Representative on April 26 and was met with hostility by gun control advocates. In neighboring Kansas, Catholic Charities threatened to cease placement services unless the state approved State Bill 284, a proposal similar to Oklahoma's SB 1140. "Furthermore, I call on the people of Oklahoma to elect leaders who have the true Oklahoma Standard at heart rather than this kind of bigotry & hatred toward their fellow Oklahomans".
Opponents said that the bill would allow discrimination based on anti-LGBTQ hatred. "Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law and, if necessary, we will do so in a court of law". "Our message to Gov. Fallin and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: we'll see you in court". The bureau said it would lose almost $5 million annually in licensing fees under the new law and have to eliminate about 60 full-time positions.