Virginia Tries to Block Funding for Adoption Agencies Who Discriminate Against Gays

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We may have a bit of good news regarding the seemingly never-ending case of 'Virginia vs. Homosexuals Adopting Babies Who Need Good Families, Gay Or Straight'.


Although Virginia's Board of Social Services voted to continue a policy that allows faith-based groups and adoption agencies to screen prospective parents on religious or moral beliefs back in April of last year, Senator Adam Ebbin has recently introduced legislation "which would not allow Virginia to fund or contract adoption agencies who discriminate against prospective parents on the basis of ‘race, religion, national origin, sex, age, family status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.'"

Virginia currently allows married couples and single people to adopt or become foster parents, regardless of their sexual orientation, but prohibits unmarried couples - gay or straight - from doing so. The problem is, gay marriage is still illegal in Virginia, so this seems to be much more of an issue with the LGBT community than anything else.


Hopefully, this legislation will be the David in a David and Goliath situation and we can all move on to more pressing matters, like literally anything but this.

Virginia Gay Adoption Debate Heats Up With New Legislation Proposal

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Allow me to toot the horn of my own state, IL, which told all the religious adoption services who wouldn't follow state law after we finally got a civil union law (in this case, all Roman Catholic) to take a walk after they claimed religious discrimination when they weren't getting state money to discriminate any more.