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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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10/11/11  1:28 pm
Commenter: S. P. Libera

Preserve Religious Freedom

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Forcing agencies and individuals to choose between following their own values or following the law would be an unprecedented violation of religious freedom in Virginia. Religious liberty is foundational to our Commonwealth and our country.
  • Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing.

I confirm these based on my past experience of working with a faith-based charity for a significant period of my life, and we cared for people regardless of their faith background.  I know those who worked with clients for adoption services, they were loving, caring, competent and professional.

I confirm the above points also based on the experience of family members who have fostered 7 children and have hoped to adopt in the state of Virginia.

Thank you for your consideration of the above firmly held principles which have worked well in practice.

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