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Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin refuses to take position on LGBT discrimination

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin won’t say whether she thinks Oklahoma businesses should be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people.

Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)

During a presentation to reporters and editors at The Associated Press’ annual legislative forum, Fallin said she has many gay friends, but declined to answer a question about whether she thought it was inappropriate for businesses to discriminate against them based on their sexual orientation.

“In general, I have lots of gay friends that I do talk to and hang out with, and I think we should respect them. They’re good Oklahomans,” Fallin said.

Bills that would allow such discrimination are among more than a dozen anti-gay measures that have been introduced in the Legislature this year.

The session begins Monday, when Fallin is to deliver her State of the State address and present her executive budget proposal to the House and Senate.

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