Adoption Bill Targets Gay Couples

By: Bo Kane
By: Bo Kane

A bill being considered by the House of Delegates may prevent gay couples from adopting children.

The legislation endorsed Thursday, January 3rd by a House of Delegates committee would require background checks to include whether Virginia adoption applicants are “practicing homosexuals.”

The Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted 17 to 4 to send Delegate Richard Black's bill to the floor.

Black initially proposed prohibiting gays from adopting.

After hearing from opponents of the bill, a subcommittee recommended amending the bill to just make homosexual 'behavior' one of the factors considered in the adoption process.

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