Maura Keaney has done all of us a great service by unearthing numerous pieces of legislation introduced in the current Virginia House and Senate that call for our immediate action. This entry highlilghts one of particular concern to me as an adoptive parent.
In another example of the extraordinary extremist actions of some of the majority members of our Commonwealth's legislative bodies, last minute legislation has been introduced in the Virginia House to make adoption by gays and lesbians illegal in Virginia. The text of the bill can be found by following this link:
HB 2921 Prohibits adoptions by homosexuals.
This not only applies to adoption applications by couples made jointly, but also by adoptions of new partners of parents that wish to complete their family legally through adoption.
This should anger all of us, but it is particularly despicable to me as an adoptive parent. It is absolutely unacceptable to think that I would be able to adopt while other qualified loving adults would not -- for a totally arbitrary reason. This is outrageous and flies in the face of decency and common sense. This is a hateful crowd that would rather see children not receive permanent homes than place them with a loving parent that happens to be a gay or lesbian.
We need to unite in expressing our outrage over this legislation.