Last month, the Virginia State Board of Social Services, voted against adding non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation to current adoption policies.
The Virginia Pilot reports that a new bill proposed in California, could change federal regulations and override state policies. With the proposed legislation from California’s U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status would be prohibited for agencies receiving federal funding.
Stark said his measure would provide a uniform solution to the patchwork system of state laws governing adoption.
“We now spend more than $7 billion per year on a flawed foster care system that doesn’t serve all the children who are in it, and permits discrimination against capable, loving potential parents and children,” Stark said last week in a statement about his bill. “It’s time for a federal fix to this critical child welfare and civil rights issue. Every child deserves the lifelong benefits that come from growing up in a stable home.”