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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3/31/11  5:15 pm
Commenter: Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall

Sexual orientation Adoption licensing agency conditions

If the Board decides to promote these novel changes in Adoption Agency licensing, the Social Services Board should inform the public regarding the following:

1- the Legal authority to require licensed adoption agencies to accept applicants whose sexual orientation behavior may include grounds for divorce from bond of matrimony  VA Code § 20-91; 

2- The General Assembly has consistently rejected adding “sexual orientation” to the Commonwealth’s discrimination statutes.   Please provide the public with the authority the Department of Social Services allegedly has to add “sexual orientation” to its conditions affecting the licensure of adoption agencies;   

3- the legal authority to compel compliance by adoption agencies, whether or not Faith based, to process applicants whose behavior is rejected as immoral by the Old and New Testaments; 

4- Explain why requiring adoption agencies to not reject applicants based on their “sexual orientation” is consistent with Virginia Supreme Court decisions;

5- Provide peer review medical, social science and other literature and research including longitudinal or long term research as to why children should be placed for adoption by persons regardless of their sexual orientation.

6- If Faith based adoption agencies suspend their adoption programs because of policies they consider immoral, unethical or harmful to the development and welfare of children, has the Department of Social Services considered the economic impact on state revenues and additional expenses taxpayers may have to bear?  

7-Sexual orientation is not limited to same sex attractions.   What do you mean by "sexual orientation?" 

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