Virginia and Adoption Discrimination

Virginia’s Board of Social Services has recently approved regulations for state-licensed adoption agencies that will allow for discrimination against damn near everybody. About the only thing you can’t discriminate against is race, which might have been an oversight. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Virginia’s Board of Social Services on Wednesday approved final regulations on adoption that, starting in the spring, will effectively allow state-licensed private agencies to deny the adoption of a child by same-sex couples.

The regulations also will allow the adoption agencies to deny services to prospective parents on the basis of age, gender, disability, religion, political belief and family status.

The regulations, however, will prohibit discrimination based on race, color or national origin.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the regulations, with Social Services Board Chairwoman Bela Sood casting the lone “no” vote.

“The science really doesn’t substantiate the notion,” she said, referring to the traditional family structure of a married man and woman, “that that is the only way children should be raised.”

The focus so far has been on gay adoption, since that has been the hot-button issue for some time now. Of course, the danger is that the Catholic adoption centers might close down if they weren’t allowed to practice such discrimination. But allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against couples for religious reasons seems like a potential landmine in the process. Given the prevalence of the view that atheists are automatically less moral than believers, I can see this causing a major problem.

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  • vasaroti

    So what do the adoptive parents do if their kid turns out to be gay, atheist, or communist? Can they get a refund?
    If you know in advance that you’d like to beat your child, I guess you can just pick an adoption agency that’s ok with Biblical discipline.

    • trj

      If the kid turns out gay, atheist, or communist it is surely due to the foster parents.

      After all, isn’t that basically the argument used to defend this discrimination?

  • JohnMWhite

    Is this not profoundly unconstitutional? It never ceases to amaze me how readily lawmakers will break other laws and core principals of their country or society just to kick a few disabled gay Whigs when they’re down. What’s the point? As soon as someone with a decent-sized wallet gets affected by this law, it will clog up the courts.

    I really believe that lawmakers should be held to account if they go around passing things that are clearly illegal and wind up having to be repealed. And not just a rebuke from some grumpy chairperson of a committee. There have to be real consequences for perverting the law for their own agendas and for just not caring about wasting so much time and money.

    I’m guessing the only reason race and national origin got a pass is they have so many other excuses they wouldn’t ever need them. You don’t want black people adopting white children? Just deny them for being Democrats, or prone to sickle cell. Don’t want Chinese-born parents raising a nice Western baby? Call them Commies.

  • zach

    religion fights its wars with children, always.

  • cris

    “Is this not profoundly unconstitutional?” You have to remember that for most people of faith (especially Christians) the word of god is well above the constitution and they have a MORAL IMPERATIVE (it is more important if it is capitalized, right?) to obey their particular word of god.

    • UrsaMinor

      This, despite Biblical instructions to submit meekly to civil government.

  • joe

    You have a better chance as a cardboard box that is any colour shipped from any country adopting a child in Virginia than one of them pesky gay couples. What ever is best for the child. Thats what i always say.

    • Nzo

      SENSE <—- make some

      • TrickQuestion

        What he was saying is that, according to VA, an international, green cardboard box would make better parents than a gay couple. (because color, national origin, and i suppose inanimate object status aren’t reasons to discriminate, but gay, politics, faiths, etc are)