The Morning Brew: License to discriminate?
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Oklahoma Senate panel passes "Right of Conscience Act"
A critic called the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act,” AKA Senate Bill 197, "the most discriminatory piece of legislation we have seen in the country in a very long time," but the legislation moved forward this week anyway.
The bill authored by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, seeks to protect those who discriminate regarding "marriage, lifestyle or behavior."
You can read the full text here.
The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, told the Tulsa World the bill codifies discrimination, and not just involving religious beliefs.
“I think the bill protects discrimination not just against LGBT Oklahomans,” Stevenson said. “I think the bill codifies discrimination against an untold number of demographics — divorced couples, interracial couples. This bill is the most discriminatory piece of legislation we have seen in the country in a very long time.”
Silk denied the bill is a license to discriminate and said its aim is not to target the LGBTQ community.
He told the Tulsa World the bill protects “everybody’s right of conscience and prohibits the state from forcing people to violate their conscience when it comes to marriage, lifestyle and behavior.”
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