The next 10 days will decide whether Virginia government is going to shut down adoption agencies because of their religious beliefs.
Thanks to the hundreds of you who submitted comments last Friday opposing the proposed Virginia DPS regulations that would require religious adoption agencies to place children with same-sex couples, shutting them down if they refuse.
The public comment period has closed, but on Friday alone, more than 900 comments were submitted, with the great majority opposing the new regulations.
But the work isn't finished!
This new regulations were already far along before the public comment period even began back in January. As State Delegate Bob Marshall told Virginians yesterday:
“I understand Governor McDonnell's office now realizes this change is a problem. But Governor's McDonnell's staff previously signed off on these adoption changes on 12/28/10, his Secretary of Health signed off on 7/19/10, Department of Planning and Budget signed off on 2/19/10 and former Attorney General's office signed off on 12/14/09, according to Virginia's official Regulatory Town Hall website... Governor McDonnell can still weigh in on the homosexual adoption regulations and propose an amendment, but he only has 15 days from April 1 to act.”
— Bob Marshall, Virginia State Delegate
That's right, the next 10 days will decide whether Virginia government is going to shut down adoption agencies because of their religious beliefs.