VA bill could allow adoption agencies to ban same-sex couples from adopting

According to Ms. Magazine, a bill that would enable state-funded private adoption agencies to refuse placements on the basis of their religious or moral beliefs is making its way to the Virgina state Senate for a vote this week. The bill, which would essentially enable state-funded adoption agencies to ban placement with same-sex couples, has already passed the state House of Delegates. The Virginia Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee also endorse the bill.

The governor of Virginia, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, indicated that he would sign the bill if it passed through Senate.

If the bill passes, VA would become the second state, after North Dakota, that allows state-funded private adoption agencies to ban same-sex couples from adopting.

Personally, I find it appalling and sickening that such a bill even exists. I am not sure what angers me more: the fact that this bill would essentially allow state funds (which is our money) to contribute to this discrimination or the fact that the state is enabling an (adoption) agency to impose its own personal beliefs on the adoption process.

Discrimination is discrimination no matter if it is state sanctioned or not. The fact that a state- and the state I am currently living in- has even come up with such a bill astounds me. They are only trying to push their own agenda that runs contrary to the belief that people should not be discriminated against.

Here is a crazy thought, how about think about the children’s needs! Adoption is NOT about what is best for the adoption agency; it is about what is best for the child. This should not even be a discussion or a concept worth questioning.

Adoption is about the child and for the child and that means regardless of sexual orientation.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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