OKLAHOMA CITY — Quick facts:
- Senate Bill 694 bans cities from offering more LGBT protections than the state.
- The bill would make Tulsa's Fair Housing Act illegal.
- Some groups across the state are voicing opposition for the bill.
Groups across the Sooner State fear an Oklahoma bill that could strip LGBT protections across the Sooner State as it moves one step closer to becoming law.
Senate Bill 694 bans cities from offering more protections for LGBT folks than the state offers.
If the bill passes, Tulsa's Fair Housing Act that stops landlords from denying housing to LGBTQ people would become illegal.
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The Tulsa city council added the act in April 2015 after the local LGBT community asked for an equal housing ordinance for more than 40 years.
The bill, written by State Senator Josh Brecheen (R-District 6), would also affect non-discrimination ordinances in Oklahoma City and Norman.
Freedom Oklahoma executive director Troy Stevenson released a statement on the bill Monday:
Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, also released a response to the bill:
The bill now heads to the full senate for a vote.
Brecheen is also a co-author of another senate bill that some fear could affect LGBT rights in the state.
Senate Bill 197, authored by State Senator Joseph Silk (R-District 5), would allow individuals to refuse "any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges used in a marriage ceremony or celebration of a specific lifestyle or behavior" they believe contradicts their "sincerely held religious beliefs or conscience."
Freedom Oklahoma described that bill as "worse than HB 2 in North Carolina," referring to the controversial bathroom bill there.
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