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Virginia social services board rejects gay couple adoptions

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Virginia State Board of Social Services voted Wednesday to reject new adoption rules that would have allowed same-sex couples to adopt in the state for the first time.

The proposed regulations would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents because they’re gay.

The Washington Post reports:

In a 7-2 vote Wednesday afternoon, the board opted against the new rules, first proposed by former governor Tim Kaine. In Virginia, only married couples and single men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, can adopt. The proposed changes would require private and faith-based groups, such as Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services, to allow gay parents to adopt or foster children.

Some members of the board, including Democratic appointees who make up the 5-4 majority, had told The Washington Post on Tuesday they would be guided by advice from Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II.

In a memo sent to the agency last week, Cuccinelli’s office said that the proposed changes did not comply with “applicable state law and public policy.”

In December 2009, then Attorney General Bill Mims, a former Republican legislator and now a state Supreme Court justice, advised that the state board had the authority to repeal the existing regulations.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. Dislike!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:44pm
  2. dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:46pm
  3. I’m embarrassed to live in this bible-thumping state.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:46pm
  4. I’m embarrassed to live in this bible-thumping state.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:46pm
  5. Jae, why would you like this?!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:47pm
  6. Yeah this popped up on my feed via our local news station. Pretty pissed right now.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:49pm
  7. BIG JERKS. SPIT ON THEM…………

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:49pm
  8. dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:51pm
  9. dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:53pm
  10. Dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:53pm
  11. Dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:53pm
  12. Just wish there is a a box to click dislike…please don’t click like please….its ridiculous

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:55pm
  13. Just wish there is a a box to click dislike…please don’t click like please….its ridiculous

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:55pm
  14. Dislike….

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:56pm
  15. Definite dislike.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:57pm
  16. ugh

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:59pm
  17. deff dislike. the one person who liked it is not a nice person! lol

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:00pm
  18. This is terrible! Who’s to say a certain gender is better at raising a child then another? Maybe oneday this country will learn..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:08pm
  19. This is terrible! Who’s to say a certain gender is better at raising a child then another? Maybe oneday this country will learn..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:08pm
  20. screw them -.-

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:11pm
  21. tsk.. some ppl are just slow

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:22pm
  22. Arizona made it harder for single people to adopt. Gov. Brewer was raised by her Widowed Mother.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:24pm
  23. This is a definit dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:58pm
  24. They are only hurting poor, unwanted innocent children. sad. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:14pm
  25. WTH is wrong with those people? I’ll be getting my LMSW and can hardly wait to help gay couples adopt. I cannot believe that Social Workers could be so ignorant.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:23pm
  26. WTH is wrong with those people? I’ll be getting my LMSW and can hardly wait to help gay couples adopt. I cannot believe that Social Workers could be so ignorant.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:23pm
  27. This makes me so sad to say I am from Virginia

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:24pm
  28. This makes me so sad to say I am from Virginia

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:24pm
  29. Who are these bigots to decide the future of these kids who are in desperate need of a loving home?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:49pm
  30. i’m from virginia born and raised and don’t believe this is right at all it shouldn’t matter what the sexual prefrence is of the people wanting to adopt it should depend on if the child can be taken care of. virginia has messed up ways when it comes to adoption of children anyways. they will let my psychotic mother take and adopt my son but wouldn’t let me sign him over to my girlfriend that could have raised him up perfectly fine and he would know me but no now my child is 8 and doesn’t even know he is adopted nor that i exist… that’s virginia for ya…

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:28pm
  31. i’m from virginia born and raised and don’t believe this is right at all it shouldn’t matter what the sexual prefrence is of the people wanting to adopt it should depend on if the child can be taken care of. virginia has messed up ways when it comes to adoption of children anyways. they will let my psychotic mother take and adopt my son but wouldn’t let me sign him over to my girlfriend that could have raised him up perfectly fine and he would know me but no now my child is 8 and doesn’t even know he is adopted nor that i exist… that’s virginia for ya…

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:28pm