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  7:16 pm
Commenter: Eric Steidinger Ward

mndate equal treatment for gay people and gay families in adoption

My husband and I adopted our daughter 16 years ago, when Lutheran Social Services was the only adoption agency in our area that would work with a gay couple.  Out of 35 agencies, we had one agency to choose from.

Shes is now a happy, healthy teenager, and on the honor roll at the Catholic School she attends.

Religous affiliation is not a reason to deny an entire segment of society from adoption.  If a religous based adoption agency wanted to restrict adoption to inter-racial couples, because race mixing was against their religion - should they be allowed to do that too?

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