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VA Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill Headed for State Senate Vote

The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Intern Eric Cameron:

A Virginia bill that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate in placements based on sexual orientation is up for vote in the Virginia Senate tomorrow. The Virginia House voted 71-28 in favor of the bill last week, and Republican Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to approve the bill if it reaches his desk.

The bill would allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny child placements that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs.

The vote comes less than a week after a defeat of SB569, a non-discrimination adoption measure introduced by openly gay Virginia Senator Adam Ebbin.

The White House weighed in on the anti-gay adoption bill Monday night. “[The president] has long believed that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals based on their interest in offering a loving home, not based on discriminatory and irrelevant factors,” said White House spokesperson Shin Inouye. “He recognizes that adoptive families come in many forms, and that we must do all we can to break down barriers to ensure that all qualified caregivers have the ability to serve as adoptive families.”

Pending federal legislation known as the Every Child Deserves a Family act would trump the Virginia bill by allowing the U.S. government to restrict federal funding to states with anti-LGBT adoption laws. Inouye said of the legislation, “While we have not reviewed Congressman Stark’s legislation, we share its goals to expand adoption rights and move the dialogue forward on this issue.”

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