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. Clearly, 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. 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. Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities and I believe they must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing.