Equality Virginia, the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU and citizens submitted petitions to the State Board of Social Services last month after a decision in April to drop proposed revisions that would ”prohibit acts of discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or family status.”
Your comments will be critical to our ability to convince the Board that prohibiting discrimination by these state-licensed agencies is the right thing to do and that the state’s policy should be that children cannot be denied services or a loving permanent home, solely on the basis of a single discriminatory factor…
The Board’s decision would also give these agents of the state the right to tell prospective parents (single people or married couples) that they won’t help them provide a child with a loving adoptive or foster care home simply because they are not the “right” gender or religion, they are disabled, they are too old, or they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender.
Children in Alabama who need good homes may find it harder to get adopted. In March the Alabama House passed a bill allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, based on the agency’s “sincerely held religious beliefs.” On Wednesday, the Alabama Senate passed the same bill. The new law matches one that’s been on the books [...]