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Virginia governor says married, same-sex couples can now adopt

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) LGBTQ Nation

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sending notice to local social services divisions that married, same-sex couples can now adopt children.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)

McAuliffe’s office announced Friday that it was formally recognizing that same-sex couples can legally adopt.

The U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in Virginia Monday, prompting gay couples around the state to begin marrying.

McAuliffe said he hopes the legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to more children finding loving families.

The Democratic governor also planned to officiate a gay wedding ceremony in northern Virginia Friday.

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