Politifact Virginia: Who should adopt? Kaine's stance ruled a "half-flip"

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former Governor Tim Kaine is now running for the U.S. Senate. So his four years in the commonwealth's top job are obviously undergoing scrutiny. One particularly sticky issue is adoption.

When he was running for governor, Kaine had said that unmarried couples should not be able to adopt.. That would include homosexual couples. Now his tune has changed a bit.

He told the Washington Post that the decision over who can adopt should be made in the child's best interest. It should be a judge that can make the final call. And if a judge deems a gay or unmarried couple fits that bill than he is okay with it.

So let's go to the meter. How far has Kaine changed from his initial position on adoption? According the reporters at Politifact Virginia, this new stance amounts to a "half-flip." Jacob Geiger says he definitely has a different opinion than he once did.

"There definitely has been some change in position, because he does now favor to allow unmarried couple to adopt, but it's not a 100 percent change, a complete flop because he thinks the last word should go to social service professionals and judges," Geiger said.

And you can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com. And you can see all our past reports on my political blog, Decision Virginia.

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