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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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9/20/11  1:40 pm
Commenter: Marie Riedel

Preserve Religious Freedom

I urge you to retain the April 20 Board of Social Services approved (7-2 vote) regulations concerning child-placement in adoptive homes.  Virginia already has public and private agencies through which homosexual couples can pursue adoption.  Forcing faith-based agencies to not discriminate based on "sexual orientation" or "family status" goes against deeply held religious beliefs.  For a birthmother and father  considering adoption, the choice should be open to them to choose a family for their child who has similar religious beliefs and values.  Continue to allow faith-based adoption agencies to abide and operate by their beliefs, as they are now allowed under state and federal law.



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