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White House Expresses Disapproval of VA Adoption Bill Allowing Agencies to Deny Gays Based on Religious Beliefs

The White House responded today to a Washington Blade inquiry regarding the adoption bill pending in the Virginia legislature which would allow agencies to deny service to gays based on religious or moral grounds:

Virginia“While the president does not weigh in on every single action taken by legislative bodies in our country, he has long believed that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals based on their interest in offering a loving home, not based on discriminatory and irrelevant factors,” said Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson. “He recognizes that adoptive families come in many forms, and that we must do all we can to break down barriers to ensure that all qualified caregivers have the ability to serve as adoptive families.”

The Virginia House voted 71-28 to pass the legislation Friday, the same day a Senate panel advanced the measure on an 8-7 party-line vote. Governor Bob McDonnell has indicated he intends to sign the legislation.

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  1. Shame on them. Let's hope the fair-minded voters in Virginia express their disapproval at the polls.

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvationsTo | Feb 7, 2012 11:26:34 AM

  2. This, if necessary, needs to go to the Supreme Court of the Nation, not Virginia!

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 7, 2012 11:38:21 AM

  3. While I do believe there should be exemptions for religious-based organizations, I really don't see why this should be a problem for any secular-based group. I fully support the right of same-sex couples to rear their own children and to adopt if they choose to.

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 7, 2012 12:36:36 PM

  4. Apparently those Virginians still allow a naked tit to be on their state flag. Won't somebody please think about the children?

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 7, 2012 12:40:08 PM

  5. "Sorry, we can't let you have this child. You're jewish, and you're going to raise her with the wrong beliefs and then when she grows up she'll be a Jew and then go to Hell when she dies. Which is what happens to Jews. Well, that's what we believe happens. Because we're the kind of Christians who use our religion to discriminate against others. It's not right to not have a child raised in the Catholic church. How will your child develop any sense of conflicted religious dependency if they're not molested by one of our finest priests?"

    Ever notice how people's "religious beliefs" only rear their heads when gays are involved?

    Yeah. Bigotry. Lovely.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 7, 2012 12:46:26 PM

  6. What a great idea: let's hate on the gays (because that always makes God happy) and make the children pay the price.

    Posted by: Don | Feb 7, 2012 12:52:51 PM

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