On Friday, the Virginia House of Delegates voted in favor, 71-28, of a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples on the basis of freedom of religion.
Yes, you read that right. You see, in Virginia, homosexuality is still looked upon as a gateway to pedophilia, bestiality, polygamy, and a whole host of other unsavory practices. Plus, it’s just gross, right? I mean who wants to see two guys kiss each other and then, get kids on top of that?
The bill, which is expected to be passed by the Virginia Senate and subsequently signed by Gov. McDonnell, follows regulations adopted in December by the Virginia Board of Social Services to allow discrimination by private agencies on the basis of gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and family status.
This will make Virginia the second state to enact such a law, and of course, conservative organizations are absolutely in love with this.
“We are grateful that the House of Delegates and the Senate Rehab and Social Services Committee both see the need to protect private child placement agencies that are doing incredible work helping children and families around Virginia. A majority of Virginians recognize that these agencies are critical to providing the best possible outcomes for children,” said Virginia Cobb, President of the Family Foundation.
Yes, let’s provide the best possible outcome for children by restricting adoptions among private agencies only to those couples that fall in line with “appropriate” demographics.
Of course, Virginia, Gov. McDonnell, and Pres. Cobb all forget two facts:
1. Studies have shown that children do just fine growing up in households with gay parents.
2. There are always children in Virginia without parents.
What we have here is a legislative body that, for the sake of their own careers and/or religious beliefs, are putting politics ahead of children.
This isn’t just sad; it’s tragic.