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Same-sex marriage battle might affect adoptions in Virginia

With all the news about same-sex marriages, Virginia residents might be wondering what that means for same-sex married couples who want to have children. As it stands now, same-sex married couples are seemingly able to adopt children in the state.

While the laws governing same-sex marriages are changing almost daily, Virginia law stipulates only that married couples can adopt. There isn't any ruling as of yet that specifically forbids people in same-sex marriages from being able to adopt a child.

There is some debate about the topic. Many Christians, including at least one area pastor, say that God meant marriage to be between a man and a woman. They claim the state should view marriage in the same way. The courts seem to see both sides of the issue since they are ruling for same-sex marriages one minute and against it the next.

When you think of the 100,000 children who are waiting to be adopted in the country, the thought of those children finding loving families is a priority. Some people say only opposite-sex couples can give a proper home to an adopted child, while others say a same-sex couple can also provide a loving home for a child.

As the legalities surrounding same-sex unions continue to evolve, it is important for all same-sex couples to understand how every twist and turn affects them. One way to do this is to study the laws, statutes and precedents as they come out. Another way is to work with someone who is familiar with all aspects of family law.

Source: WDBJ7, "Special Report: What Virginia law means for gay couples wanting to adopt" Nov. 25, 2014

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