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  11:10 pm
Commenter: Gregory Garrison

STRONGLY OPPOSE 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.

This regulation is a clear violation of the Constitutional right to the free exercise of religion and is an attempt to elevate the rights of one group of citizens at the expense of another.

It's inappropriate, unconstitutional, and imprudent in that it will likely result in fewer faith-based adoption agencies and fewer overall adoptions. I cannot urge you strongly enough to oppose this regulation.

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