But she added that the bill would have eliminated the requirement for a training course and reduced the level of background checks to carry a gun. With this action, Oklahoma has the negative distinction of being the only state [s] to sign an anti-LGBTQ bill into law this year.
"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", claimed Oklahoma Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop David Konderla said in a press release.
The bill had the support of state Republicans and the NRA.
The bill was meant to allow state residents 21 and over to forgo getting a state permit in order to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, passed the Senate by a vote of 33-9 during a late-night session.
The current requirements, he said "are a burden to the poor and elderly who should be afforded the right to defend themselves without having to pay the government to do so".
Human rights advocates and celebrities had called on Fallin to veto the bill.
"Again, I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so". Simply declaring a religious or moral opposition to same-sex marriage would allow a faith-based agency the legal right to refuse to place a child in same-sex homes.
Said Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma: "While we are deeply disappointed that Governor Fallin choose to sign discrimination into law, we are more concerned about the children - desperately looking for homes - that will be harmed by this disgraceful legislation".
In 2014, she vetoed a bill requiring state authorities to sign off on applications for federally-regulated items such as silencers, short- barrelled rifles and automatic weapons within 15 days.
"The measure, which will allow faith-based adoption and foster placement agencies to declare their 'sincerely held religious beliefs as a reason for rejecting LGBTQ adoptive and foster families while still receiving taxpayer funding, is reprehensible", Jenkins said.
"SB 1140 is discriminatory, anti-family, anti-children, and anti-First Amendment", Allie Shinn, external affairs director for the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in a statement.