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  1:32 pm
Commenter: Tom O'Neill

Under what authority? - More time for comments needed

Under what authority does the Commonwealth pass these regulations?  Since the legislature of Virginia voted overwhelmingly in 2004 to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples, and since the DOMA is the law of the land not only in the United States but also in Virginia (as affirmed by the legislature), it seems clear that the people of Virginia aver that the proper seat of family life is in a single couple of opposite sex partners.

How do these regulations fit with past decisions by the Virginia Supreme Court?  Or under what authority do you presume to force private organizations to provide adoption services to homosexual couples?  There does not appear to be a supervening governmental interest to justify such action, and the mistreatment of private organizations who provide a good to society cannot be justified on "PC" grounds.

Finally, what provisions will this committee make for adoption services within the Commonwealth should private organizations be forced to withdraw their services?  As happened famously (or rather infamously) in Massachusetts, the state enacted similar provisions to these, forcing private organizations - including the Catholic Church, the largest adoption facility in the state - to agree.  Those organizations were thus forced to choose between abiding by what they knew was right, and providing a good to society.  The Church chose not to abrogate her morals, and thereafter closed down her adoption facilities, depriving untold numbers of children the chance of finding a home. 

Who will pay the cost if that happens in Virginia?  This committee?  And who will justifiy that to the voters (who have spoken so strongly) just because a minority of people in this state want to press their wills on the rest of us?

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