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  1:24 pm
Commenter: Matthew L. Curtis

New Provision re: Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination

22 VAC40-131-170 Part IV (B)

This provision requires all state-licensed adoption agencies, including religious organizations, to formulate policies that have the effect of requiring them to facilitate adoptions for same-sex couples.  As most Christian organizations view homosexuality as immoral and contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs, it is an abridgment of their First Amendment rights to require they facilitate such adoptions.  Consequently, this provision is inappropriate, unconstitutional, and imprudent in that it will likely result in fewer faith-based adoption agencies and fewer overall adoptions.

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