The star witness for the bill’s sponsor faces harsh criticism from a Senate committee.
The Daily Press
February 17, 2005
By John M.R. Bull
RICHMOND — Hostile state senators attacked a bill that would make it harder for gays and lesbians to adopt as both discriminatory and unnecessary before loudly voting to kill the measure Wednesday.
Along the way, they verbally eviscerated the sponsor’s star witness.
“This thing comes awfully close to being bigoted,” said Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax. “To simply shut it down on them simply for who they are … just because they happen to be gay, doesn’t make sense.”