Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 131]
Action Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2011
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4/1/11  4:20 pm
Commenter: Thomas & Audra Cole

Adding sexual orientation non-discrimination requirement is misguided.

To require any groups dealing with adoption to turn children over adoptive parents irregardless of sexual orientation is a tremendous mistake on many levels.

In the first place, it is not taking the best interest of the children themselves into account.  A child needs a stable, healthy, and safe home.  Certainly the health and stability of a homosexual household might be called into question.

Secondly, this is an affront to public morals.  Folks publically living a lifestyle that implies criminal behavior (Virginia Code§ 18.2-361) , and demanding that they be given equal rights with lawfully married couples is repugnant.  This is an affront to public decency and morals.  Exposing children to such situations would be, simply put, abuse.

Finally, this is also an attack on religious freedom.  No group that knows "alternate" sexual orientation to be immoral should be forced to act contrary to their religious beliefs -- be they Christians, Jews, or Muslims -- all of whom traditionally oppose homosexual behavior as immoral.  Forcing Virginians of such faiths to accept such deviant behavior is a dangerous precedent and terrible violation of their rights.

In sum, requiring adoption agencies to include sexual orientation in their list of non-discrimination categories is a terrible mistake for children, for morals, for people of faith, and for Virginia.

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