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9/19/11  3:11 pm
Commenter: Christopher Bucknerr

Preserve Religious Freedom
 

On April 20, the State Board of Social Services correctly upheld the fundamental right of faith-based child placement agencies to continue their great work of helping children and families without governmental intrusion into the practice of their faith.

Under federal and state law faith-based child placement agencies have a right to make decisions that are consistent with their religious beliefs, including beliefs about marriage and family life. This right must be respected and preserved.

Forcing agencies and individuals to choose between following their own values or following the proposed discriminatory regulation would be an unprecedented violation of religious freedom in Virginia. Religious liberty is foundational to our Commonwealth and our country.  Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing.

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