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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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9/28/11  1:41 pm
Commenter: Jill Goldman

Freedom of religion

Please uphold 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.

This can be done without discriminating against those who don’t hold these values.  There are many agencies with different priorities for all prospective parents to use. 

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

Many birthparents and prospective adoptive parents hold these beliefs as well, and they have every right to work with agencies that share their values.

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.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this matter.

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