The Virginia House passed a bill granting permission to adoption agencies to deny placing children in situations that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs. With a 71-28 vote, the bill allows agencies to avoid placing children in gender-segregated households.
The Washington Post reports:
“Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock and sponsor of the House bill, says it protects religious freedom.”
Contrast this with the state of Massachusetts, which mandated that agencies place children with gender-segregated couples. In that state, adoption agencies were forced to close their doors rather than violate their consciences, in effect denying them freedom of religion.