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LGBTQ allies celebrate as two discriminatory bills fail

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KWTV)-  Two LGBTQ Bills did not pass the state Senate.

Senate Bill 694 would have stripped Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman’s ability to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in housing and employment. It also would have prevented other municipalities from passing similar ordinances. 

According to KWTV, the bill’s author Senator Josh Brecheen argued it protects those who have religious or moral objections to working with or living with those in the LGBTQ community.

 “For the last summer and fall, I spent that time knocking doors on thousands of Oklahoma citizens. I never had one person open doors and say pass a bill like this. They said fix our economy. Fix our schools. Fix our state,” said Senator Lonnie Paxton.

Senator Joseph Silk also pulled his bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse to do business with anyone based on marriage, lifestyle or behavior. LGBTQ advocates are hailing it as a victory.

“It was a huge victory,” said Troy Stevenson with Freedom Oklahoma. “It sent a strong message. I believe that 25 senators finally, for the first time, took a stand on the floor, they debated and strongly said that they rejected discrimination in Oklahoma.”

Information provided by KWTV.

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