Bill to restrict gay adoption dismissed

“It doesn’t make a shred of sense,” said Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Springfield. “We are getting involved in something that isn’t any of our business.”

The Daily Progress
February 17, 2005
By Bob Gibson

RICHMOND – A bill that would have required state social workers to investigate whether potential adoptive parents engage in homosexual activity died Wednesday in a Senate committee.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure sponsored by Del. Richard H. Black, R-Sterling, on a voice vote, with three Republicans on the 15-member committee verbally backing it.

Opponents said the bill would require interviewing friends and neighbors of people seeking to adopt a child to determine if they are “known to engage in current voluntary homosexual activity” or cohabit with another unmarried adult.

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