State of Oklahoma Archives: on Families & Children

Kevin Stitt: Vaccination should be between a parent & their pediatrician

Much of the debated focused on how the candidates would manage the executive branch, oversee the budgeting process and approach specific policy issues. But it also waded into social issues, including abortion, parental rights and gun control. Neither candidate, however, seemed to want to press these issues as campaign focal points.

Stitt refused to say whether he would apply a litmus test for any state Supreme Court pick to ensure they would support laws that rein in abortions.

Responding to a question on media coverage suggesting he opposed immunizations for children, Stitt said he and his wife had all their children vaccinated and that he doesn't intend to overhaul any state laws. "All I've said is that vaccination should be between a parent and their pediatrician," he said. "I don't support changing any law whatsoever and I have the same opinion as my opponent."

Source: KGOU (NPR) on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial debate Sep 25, 2018

Mary Fallin: Disallow adoptions in LGBT homes

Oklahoma's Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed abnill that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions, angering gay rights groups, who said it was a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

The bill written by Republican Sen. Greg Treat provides legal protections to faith-based agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes because of religious or moral convictions or policies. Fallin's action drew support from Oklahoma's Catholic bishops. "The new law will bring more adoption services to the state and allow crucial faith-based agencies to continue their decades-long tradition of caring for Oklahoma's most vulnerable children," the bishops said in a statement.

The adoption law goes into effect Nov. 1.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2018 Oklahoma governor race May 12, 2018

T.W. Shannon: Use TANF funds to publicize benefits of marriage

Everyone's talking about marriage this week. So it's hard to blame speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T. W. Shannon for wanting to get in on the action with a bill to divert federal funds for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to fund a series of public service announcements touting the benefits of marriage to single parents.

House Bill 1908, authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, would take money designated to help needy families and divert it to a campaign promoting marriage. The bill passed the House and was sent to the Senate this week.

The bill, if it becomes law, would create a public service campaign as part of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and utilize federal TANF funds, to promote marriage as a tool against poverty.

TANF--Temporary Assistance for Needy Families--was designed to help low-income families on a temporary basis. The bill would take funds from families and put it into advertising telling single parents the benefits of marriage.

Source: The Bilerico Project on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Mar 29, 2013

Brad Henry: Family anchors us and reminds us of what is truly important

We gather in this historic chamber as men and women of different backgrounds, different hometowns, and different points of view--yet, we are bonded by a common commitment to serve the great people of Oklahoma.

We shoulder tremendous responsibilities: to build a first-class education system; to cultivate economic opportunity; to ensure affordable, accessible health care; to nurture a society in which families and individuals can live in safety, peace and prosperity.

The journey toward these goals requires a compass to keep us on a steady course. I am grateful for my own compass: my faithful family. Family anchors us and reminds us of what is truly important and why we chose a path of public service.

Source: 2009 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Mar 2, 2009

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