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10/11/11  9:23 am
Commenter: Jo Ann McCracken

Insure Religious Freedom

The State Board of Social Services must be allowed to continue the good work they do without government intrusion.   Many licensed child-placing agencies, including those of Virginia's two Catholic dioceses, profess deeply held convictions and religious beliefs regarding the institution of marriage, the family unit and human sexuality.  These agencies have the right, under federal and state law, to make determinations according to their  convictions and beliefs.  Just as importantly, many birthparents also hold these convictions and they should be able to work with prospective adoptive parents to make known their wishes with regard to the child's upbringing.

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