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  2:26 pm
Commenter: Kieran Carter

Religious freedom in the Commonwealth of Virginia

The wording of the proposed regulations disregards the principle of autonomy for religious organizations.  Faith organizations and their social service entities have always had constitutional protection to make decisions according to their religious beliefs.  It is a blatant violation of those constitutionally protected rights to force any religious organization or its entities to act against their beliefs--in the instant case by placing adoptive children  under the care and custody of a homosexual couple.  The first amendment was designed to ensure that no religious organization is compelled to abide by laws of the secular state that contravene its beliefs.  This regulation should be revised to include explicit exemption of religious and other faith based organizations from the non-discrimination provisions.

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