The measure—a “conscience clause” approved by the Senate Tuesday and sent to Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said he will sign it—allows agencies to deny adoptions to parents that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, reports the AP.
Similar regulations have already been introduced by the Virginia Board of Social Services in December—this will just codify the practice into law, requiring a repeal to overturn.
Senate Democrats vehemently opposed the bill: “It’s the first step toward actually outlawing adoption by LGBT people,” says the Assembly’s only gay member, Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria). Also standing against it were the Child Welfare League of America and the ACLU.
Victoria Cobb, head of the Family Foundation of Virginia called the vote, “a tremendous victory for religious liberty and an affirmation of the critical role faith-based organizations play in providing hope and security for thousands of children and families in Virginia.”
So, Ms. Cobb, how many of the 1,300 orphans in the state of Virginia will you be adopting?