Virginia’s Governor Just Outlawed Adoption Discrimination For Same-Sex Couples

It’s been an awesome week for the LGBT community and straight individuals who think that the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution should actually mean something. When it rains, though, it pours. Well, that metaphor only works here if you like heavy rain, but in a move that’s unsurprising considering the fact that Virginia’s Democratic governor said he wouldn’t defend a gay marriage ban, Virginia will soon be allowing openly gay couples to adopt children.

Gay Marriage Legalization And Adoption

Gay marriage ban appeals have been floating around for a while now, but when several states’ bans made it to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6, the High Court decided not to hear cases which were attempting to put bans back into place after they had been found unconstitutional. In effect, the Court automatically legalized gay marriage in several states, including Virginia.

On Oct. 10, Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, released a bulletin stating that gay couples could now legally adopt children in the state. Offices of the Virginia Department of Social Services across the state received the bulletin. McAuliffe, who is still serving in his first year as governor, stated:

Now that same-sex marriage in Virginia is officially legal, we owe it to all Virginians to ensure that every couple is treated equally under all of our laws, no matter whom they love.

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Same-sex couple with child (photo courtesy of WikiMedia)

Did you catch that? Treated equally under the law? How is it again that some individuals who are always screaming about the Constitution keep forgetting that pesky Equal Protection Clause? Of course, being part of the old South, you could bet that there would be a few people in Virginia peeved about the declaration.

Ignorance Simply Won’t Go Away

Upon hearing of the bulletin, The Family Foundation of Virginia, a bigoted group that openly opposes gay couples having the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to adopting children, came out with their own little declaration. A spokesperson for the foundation said:

We now live in a Virginia where the government is intentionally going to deny children either a mom or a dad, simply to appease the desire of adults and not in the best interest of kids.

So they’re obviously saying having gay parents is not what’s in the best interest of children. Not long ago, Virginian politicians felt the same way. Back in Feb. 2012, the Virginian House and Senate passed laws giving adoption agencies the right to refuse to adopt children out to same-sex couples. What possible argument could they have? That having to do so might violate the religious rights of those agencies. When you listen to facts rather than bigoted politicians, though, you find out that adoption by same-sex couples might just be the only thing in the best interest of these children.

The Best Interest Of The Child

There is literally no empirical evidence — none — that shows any detrimental effect on children when they’re raised by same-sex couples. There is zero evidence that homosexuality is somehow linked to a child’s environment — zero evidence, in fact, of any negative outcome occurring due to being raised by homosexual parents. Currently, around 65,000 children are living with a gay or lesbian parent. You’d think if it was so detrimental, we would’ve noticed by now.

When you really consider what’s best for the child, though, you’ll likely conclude that the Virginian governor’s move really is what’s best. There are currently 397,122 children in America who are in the foster care system and do not have a permanent family. An estimated two million LGBT Americans, though, would adopt a child. That’s not to say that two million children could be adopted. After all, many of those two million would-be parents are likely in relationships and might only want one child.

Even if you cut that number in half, though, and make the silly assumption that those two million individuals are all in committed relationships with someone else in the statistic, that leaves a million couples who want children. What was that first number again? Oh, 397,122 children who need adopting? We could immediately give all of these children permanent families if every state in America would take Virginia’s lead and stop being bigoted.

The truth of the matter is that this has been a long time coming. It’s finally coming to a point where, just as the First Amendment says it should be, other peoples’ religion isn’t making decisions in our own lives. It’s the way it should have been all along. And regardless of what the hateful bigots out their say, bigotry cloaked in religion is still bigotry.