The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, would make Virginia the second state, after North Dakota, to pass such legislation. McWaters claimed the bill did not abridge the rights of any Virginians. ““This is completely consistent with state and federal law,” McWaters told the Washington Post. “It does not change who can or cannot adopt a child.”
Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Arlington, whose anti-discrimination bill was killed in committee last week, added an amendment to the bill which would bar LGBT children from being sent to homes where they would be subjected to “ex-gay” therapy. “We have seen too many examples of this awful practice, telling children that who they are is not OK”, said Ebbin, “the consequences of which have led some children to take their lives.”
Ebbin added that foster care took the issue out of the realm of private religious belief. “A disproportionate number of the children in the foster care system are either LGBT or questioning their orientation,” he said. “Foster children are under the protection of the state, and no child under our protection should ever be sent to a home where they are subjected to reparative therapy. Sadly, all Republicans voted against this vital protection.”
The bill is now headed to the desk of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said that he will sign it into law.