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9/15/11  10:40 am
Commenter: Lara Harmon

Anti-discrimination language must be retained
 

Anti-discrimination protection for gender, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and family status must be maintained. To strip this language from Virginia law is to imply that Virginia law knows the exact sort of family that is best for any specific child, and that thousands of already-parenting individuals, both biological and adoptive, across the U.S. are unsuitable parents. 

Children can be raised with love and care by single parents, by parents with physical disabilities, by parents in unmarried cohabitation, by parents who are Republicans or Democrats, by two women (gay, bisexual, or straight), by two men (gay, bisexual, or straight), by a woman who once presented as a man or vice-versa, by religious folks or dyed-in-the-wool atheists. To deny a child a home with family who would feed it, clothe it, provide it with care, and raise it with love simply because the state or the adoption agency has a personal dislike for a physical or belief-based aspect of the prospective parent or parents' lives is to put the comfort of the state and the adoption agency above those of the children. It is selfish, short-sighted, and wrong.

CommentID: 18347