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Va. House approves anti-gay adoption rule



Published: Fri, February 3, 2012 @ 4:54 p.m.

Va. House approves anti-gay adoption rule

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators have passed a bill allowing private adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, including opposition to homosexuality.

The state House voted 71-28 to pass the legislation today. Earlier in the day, a Senate committee endorsed its version of the Republican-backed measure on an 8-7 party-line vote. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill.

Supporters say the measure protects religious freedom. Opponents argue that the government, which contracts with dozens of private, state-licensed child placement agencies, should not sanction discrimination.

The Virginia Board of Social Services in December adopted regulations allowing discrimination by private agencies based on factors including gender, age, religion disability, sexual orientation and family status. The bill would convert those regulations into state law.


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1LtMacGowan(642 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

well this is a perfect example why i donate to the A.C.LU., go get em!

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2Attis(873 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

It is not discriminatory to stop child abuse. Having innocent children forced to be raised by same-sex couples is a form of child abuse. All children need a loving mother and a loving father, preferably the ones who procreated them

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3nickbellas(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Great idea, because the current crop of heterosexual adoptive couples NEVER hurt the children and because we DO NOT HAVE tens of thousands of children still waiting to be adopted.

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4RoddAC(88 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

@Assis, whoops, Attis...You are aware (nope) there is a difference between abuse and neglect. Having a child in a loving home (lots of children born to a male and a female are living with the mother and don't even know the father - LOTS..check out the welfare stats) is not abuse but rather eliminates the neglect of a child being raised without love. Do you even KNOW any same sex couples with children? Check into it and you'll eat those nasty words...better yet, try an honest religion that promotes love...not your venom. That's all folks!

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5LtMacGowan(642 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Statistically speaking 99% of sexual abuse comes from Heterosexuals. The myth of the Homosexual abuser is just bad propaganda.

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