Gov McDonnell, Dr, Sood SUPPORT adoption regulations requiring licensees to prohibit  discrimination
  • Petitioned Gov. Terry McAuliffe

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov McDonnell, Dr, Sood SUPPORT adoption regulations requiring licensees to prohibit discrimination

    1. Petition by

      Mothers and Others of Virginia

      Richmond, VA


Governor McDonnell said in March 2010  "There really isn't any rampant discrimination on any basis in Virginia, If you're going to have a law, it needs to actually address a real problem."  McDonnell issued an executive directive saying workplace discrimination, including bias against gays, is prohibited in Virginia.

Recently, McDonnell said  "Current regulations that say you can't discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin I think are proper. I think previous efforts to expand that to a number of other classes are going to have very strict scrutiny to make sure that we don't inhibit the very fine work some faith-based organizations are doing."

Is McDonnell really saying it is OK for those agencies to enforce their and his Religious beliefs on prospective parents and the children they want to give a home?

Join us in telling Governor McDonnell to support the proposed regulations to open more loving homes to children.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Victoria Yeroian RICHMOND, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Governor McDonnell:

      It is time to see the issue for how it is: we are talking about the systematic and institutional discrimination of a people based solely on sexual orientation and gender identity, and about the people in charge continuing to usher these policies and platforms through.

      There is a clear difference between allowing the government to recognize the union between two members of the LGBTQ community and forcing the faith and church community to accept this union. I will never support legislation that forces members of a church to surrender their practices and moral code for a good and proper life, but I also refuse to live in a country where the government, from which the encroachment upon our personal religions need be safeguarded, cannot register this knowledge of such aforementioned unions and administer proper legal equality. My final point is that in the "proper" categories of anti-discrimination: race, color, and national origin, you forget gender (in general), disability, age, and other important differences that have long been safeguarded. It fills my heart with horror to see so many people become unworthy of protection, as Virginia only sees fit to protect the most desirable of people.

    • faith harris RICHMOND, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      What we do not need from government leaders is their personal religious sentiments and interpretations forced upon those who do not hold their views. Gov. McDonnell, you are out of line on this. Faith based organizations should not have the right to discriminate against anyone either.

    • Kahana Ho HONOLULU, HI
      • over 3 years ago

      Although research is still limited, both the American Psychological Association[a], [b], [c] and the American Medical Association[d] have taken positions as early as 2002 indicating support for same-sex adoptions, finding that there is no evidence that such parenting results in harm to children. The sexual orientation of parents has no bearing on the creation of a safe, stable, nurturing, healthy, loving homes. Far less appropriate a parenting environment is a "home" riddled by misinformation, prejudice, hatred, and even abuse of others based on any characteristic; such are quite possibly the very kind of "homes" from which these children were removed.

      The number of youth in temporary foster care is overwhelming, and if healthy families, of any sexual orientation, are willing to adopt these children, then these children should have every opportunity to live, grow, and thrive in a loving home.


      a. Paige, R. U. (2005). Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, Incorporated, for the legislative year 2004. Minutes of the meeting of the Council of Representatives July 28 & 30, 2004, Honolulu, HI. Retrieved November 18, 2004, from the World Wide Web (To be published in Volume 60, Issue Number 5 of the American Psychologist.)

      b. "Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Marriage", Study finds gay moms equally-good parents, July 2004.

      c. "Position Statement: Adoption and Co-parenting of Children by Same-sex Couples", American Psychological Association, November 2002.

      d. "AMA Policy regarding sexual orientation"

    • Mark Loewen RICHMOND, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      By not allowing gay couples to adopt together, the children end up with only the legal protection of having one parent. My partner and I are adopting, but because of Virginia's laws the child will only be legally his. Gays and Lesbians are already adopting children in VA, however, these kids are not receiving the protections they deserve.

    • Wayne Potrafka PORTSMOUTH, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      As a former social worker and foster parent, I know how important it is that our children have a loving and responsible home whenever and however possible. I have known gay and lesbian parents who have done a great job of parenting. To refuse them the right to adopt, or more importantly, to refuse the right of a child to a loving home, to assure that we do not offend folks of a certain religious persuasion is, simply put, immoral.


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