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10/6/11  4:23 pm
Commenter: Jeffrey Coulter

Social Services and Faith Based Adoption Agencies

I have been advised that Social Services is considering regulation that woudl exempt faith-based adoption agencies from adopting to same-gender couples.  While I support an organizations right to act in a way that is consistent with their beliefs, if the agency recieves funding from the stay they should be required to comply with state legislation.  If they feel strongly enough that they can not work with the state guidelines they should pursue other sources of funding.  Changing that would not only be discriminatory, but sets a bad precedent.  Who decides what faith-based exemptions are acceptable?  Legislators? Theologians?  If the agency refused to serve a mixed-race couple because of thier beliefs would they then be covered?

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