Virginia Governor Opposes Loving Homes for Foster Children

by HRC Staff

WASHINGTON - Today, The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, called on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to reconsider his opposition to regulations that would allow more children to have loving homes by ending policies that exclude unmarried couples from consideration as adoptive parents.

Currently, Virginia law allows opposite-sex married couples and single people, regardless of sexual orientation, to be considered as potential adoptive parents but excludes all unmarried couples. In 2009, then Governor Tim Kaine proposed new regulations that would allow unmarried couples to be considered as well. The comment period on the proposed regulations has ended and Governor McDonnell has until April 16,, 2011 to make a recommendation to the State Board of Social Services.

"We call upon Governor McDonnell to ensure that all children have a chance at a loving, permanent home," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "The Governor has the opportunity to ensure that decisions are made based in the best interest of the child, but instead he is reverting to discriminatory motivations of days past. Now is the time to do the right thing for Virginia's children."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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