By Associated Press, Published: December 14
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia board has finalized rules that would allow state-licensed adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective adoptive and foster parents based on their sexual orientation, political beliefs and other personal characteristics.
After many speakers voiced support or opposition to the regulations, the Virginia Board of Social Services voted 5-1 at its regular meeting Wednesday to have them take effect May 1. Two members weren’t present for the vote.
The new rules, originally adopted in April, strip out protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, age, disability, gender, religion, family status and political beliefs.
So, when they get in a position of power and control over a state government (the GOP controls both Houses, Gov, Lt Gov, and the Atty General in Va), the party of 'Get the Government out of our lives!' makes rules that say it's OK to discriminate against people in adoptions because they are gay, or over 50, or handicapped, or divorced, or Jewish, or a registered Democrat. Doesn't this new era of 'personal freedom' the GOP is bringing us just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?