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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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10/6/11  2:29 pm
Commenter: Megan Seekford


There is no denying that there is a severe gap between how many kids are adopted and how many kids are left to be adopted.  Denying a loving family/couple the right to adopt or foster a child based simply on their sexual orientation is ridiculous and in a word, cruel.  It shouldn't matter if you are gay or straight, just like it shouldn't matter if you are white or black.  A loving family is a loving family and as the U.S. has evolved we have seen the definition of family evolve.  It used to be just mom and dad but over the years we've seen families made up of aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, etc.  Opening adoption to same sex couples opens up new possibilities and gives foster children a new reason to hope.  Love is love.  Virginia's common catchphrase, "Virginia is for lovers" means just that, it is for all lovers.  It does not specify that Virginia is for *straight* lovers, just like adoption shouldn't just be for straight families/couples.  I have lived in Virginia my whole life and want to be proud of the state in which I was raised, but a state that denies a child a loving home or a couple the ability to share their love and family with a child based on something that has nothing to do with being a parent is unfortuanately not a state that I can be proud of.

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