HRC in Richmond Today to Call on Governor McDonnell to Put Virginia’s Children First
April 13, 2011
Today HRC joins Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin, Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette, Equality Virginia, Adoptions Together, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, and Northern Virginia lesbian and gay adoptive parents to ask Governor McDonnell and the State Board of Social Services to put the best interest of Virginia’s children first by eliminating discrimination in the adoption process. There are currently over one thousand children in Virginia’s foster care system waiting to be adopted into a loving forever home.
Currently in Virginia, the law allows for discrimination based on sexual orientation in private adoption agencies licensed by the state. Additionally, unmarried couples can be denied the ability to provide a loving home to a child and the state cannot provide any relationship recognition for same-sex couples as a result of a state constitutional amendment. Proposed regulations in front of the State Board of Social Services, if enacted, would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation but not marital status. Governor McDonnell has said he opposes the proposed regulations. HRC and partners call on the governor to recommend, and members of the State Board of Social Services to enact, these regulations, and go further by proposing a law that makes the best interest of the child the sole basis for adoption, not whether someone is gay or whether two caring adults are married.
A map detailing adoption laws across the country is available at: www.hrc.org/documents/parenting_laws_maps.pdf.
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