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Va. Hears Public Views On Gay-Parent Adoption

7:07 AM, Oct 11, 2011   |    comments
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The public has a few more hours to voice an opinion on whether state-licensed groups should be allowed to turn down prospective adoptive and foster parents because of their sexual orientation.

The Virginia Board of Social Services opened the 30-day comment period last month after gay rights advocates complained about new regulations approved in April that stripped out a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, physical disability and family status. The comment period ends at the end of the day Tuesday.

While gay rights groups argue the state should not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, religious organizations have said it's not fair to force them to place children with gay parents.

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