Virginia: Sorry, No Gay Adoption Here
Proposed overhaul of regulations could have allowed it
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2011 8:37 AM CDT
A gay man holds the hand of his foster son in Florida.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Virginia's Board of Social Services voted late yesterday against a measure that could have let gay couples adopt children in the state. The board voted 7 to 2 to continue to allow faith-based organizations to screen prospective parents' religious and moral beliefs. Currently, discrimation based on national origin, race, and color is banned; the rejected overhaul would have additionally banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, political beliefs, disability, and family status.

Currently, only married couples or single men and women can adopt in Virginia, and there is some disagreement over whether the proposed overhaul would have actually allowed unmarried couples to adopt, the Washington Post reports. Even so, the president of a national gay-rights organization said, “Today, the State Board of Social Services told the 1,300 children already waiting for a loving, forever home that they’ll have to wait longer."

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Apr 21, 2011 10:37 PM CDT
Ideologues must forever sacrifice to the the alter of dogma , otherwise they lose their reason for being , this war is already lost as far as their agenda is concerned ,... these last vestiges of the old ways will soon be a memory ,..... in a decade we will wonder what the hub bub was all about, mark my words , for the meek SHALL inherit the Earth
Apr 21, 2011 5:34 PM CDT
Huh, I thought that there was supposed to be a separation of church and state.
Apr 21, 2011 2:45 PM CDT
Agreed- we all talk about green and natural..well it is not natural and it is impossible for a child to have two mothers or two fathers.. Children will always need a mother and a father figure in their upbringing. Somebody need to look for the right of the newborn babies to have a father and a mother..