McDonnell & Marshall Against Against Same-Sex Adoption, EV Steps Up
Yesterday, GayRVA.com reported that a policy change is on the table that would prevent discrimation against same-sex couples trying to adopt and foster children.
The Washington Post reports that Gov. Bob McDonnell states his opposition at a press conference on Tuesday.
“I don’t think we ought to force Catholic Charities to make that part of their policy or other similar situated groups,’’ McDonnell said. “Many of our adoption agencies are faith-based groups that ought to be able to establish what their own policies are. Current regulations that say you can’t discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin I think are proper. I think previous efforts to expand that to a number of other classes are going to have very strict scrutiny to make sure that we don’t inhibit the very fine work some faith-based organizations are doing.”
Equality Virginia also sent this e-mail blast this morning regarding a response from Delegate Bob Marshall – the Virginia legislator that was also against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal:
Bob Marshall is at it again. Having failed in his joint initiative with former Delegate Dick Black to ban gay adoption in 2005, he’s now trying to get the Governor to overturn a regulation a year in the making that would ban discrimination by state-licensed child placing agencies against potential GLBT foster parents and adopters.
The proposed rules would not fix what we consider fundamental flaws in Virginia’s current adoption rules. They would not authorize second parent adoptions or adoptions by unmarried couples (same sex or opposite sex). Those issues complicated by passage of the Marshall/Newman amendment remain to be addressed. There is, however, an important nondiscrimination provision in the proposed rules that would protect GLBT persons from being denied the opportunity to be a foster parent or to adopt a child simply because of their orientation.
This provision does nothing more than ensure that a person who seeks to adopt or foster a child is not denied the opportunity to do so simply and solely because of who he or she is or what he or she believes.
As Bob Marshall points out in his email to his supporters, these proposed rules have been working their way through the rule-making process for more than a year without objection.
Equality Virginia has written to the Chair of the State Board of Social Services (with a copy to the Governor) asking that the proposed rules be published in final form without any change. The letter is available here.
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