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Petitioning Governor Robert Mcdonnell

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


SUPPORT THE ADOPTION REGULATIONS AS SUBMITTED!

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.

Letter to
Governor Robert Mcdonnell
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is considering a regulation that would require a licensee to prohibit acts of discrimination.

{B. The licensee shall prohibit acts of discrimination based on race, color, gender,
national origin, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or family status
to:
1. Delay or deny a child's placement; or
2. Deny an individual the opportunity to apply to become a foster or adoptive parent.}

This proposal is reasonable and timely.

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

Recently, you said "I don't think we ought to force Catholic Charities to make that part of their policy or other similar situated groups, Many of our adoption agencies are faith-based groups that ought to be able to establish what their own policies are."

This IS a real problem. Current regulations are discriminatory, and there is no good reason to codify discrimination in the new Regulations.

We ask that you support the proposed Adoption Regulations as submitted.