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9/28/11  6:13 pm
Commenter: Anthony Bellavia

Preserve religious freedom
It is so clear and obvious that the government should not have the power to cause faith-based institutions to go against their faith traditions in pairing adoptive parents with children. Faith-based 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. 
On April 20, the State Board of Social Services correctly upheld the fundamental right of faith-based agencies to continue their great work without governmental intrusion into the practice of their faith. Many birthparents and prospective adoptive parents hold these beliefs as well, and they have every right to work with agencies that share their values.
This is not against any “group” of people it is to preserve and respect rights.
Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue their professionalism.
Thank you for thinking and voting properly
Anthony Bellavia


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