To whom it may concern:
I am a voter living in Fairfax County, Virginia. I have lived in Virginia for seven years.
I strongly support the approval of regulations prohibiting adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective adoptive parents based on gender, age, religion, political beliefs, disability, and--emphatically--sexual orientation and family status.
I believe that all children deserve a loving family. I understand that there are currently more than 1,000 children waiting to be adopted in Virginia, and my heart goes out to them.
I believe that decisions about prospective parents should be based on the BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD. They should NOT be based on discriminatory factors unrelated to good parenting.
Furthermore I believe that when agencies act in the stead of the state, they should be bound by principals of non-discrimination, even if they are private agencies.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of my comment.