Board votes to keep adoption protections out

RICHMOND VA, (WWBT) - Virginia's board of social services voted five to one today to essentially block regulations that advocates say would have prevented discrimination.

This is the second time the board decided against forcing licensed adoption agencies to not discriminate based on sexual orientation, disability, national origin or political beliefs.

Gay rights groups argued that child placement agencies should only consider the best interest of the child. Not the sexual preference of the adoptive parent when finding a child in need a home.

This does not make it illegal for homosexuals to adopt children. It instead does not prevent agencies from turning down a potential adoptive parent because they are gay.  Religious agencies argued in favor of keeping the protections out, because they claimed it violated their rights.

While only one board member voted no, two others were not at the meeting.

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