So Virginia, which is well on its way to becoming the most anti-gay state in the union, came close to passing a law concerning adoptions by gays & lesbians, but it failed in commitee.
Legislation that would have required social workers in adoption cases to determine whether applicants are gay was turned turned down Wednesday by a committee of the Virginia Senate.
The decision by the Courts of Justice Committee means the bill will not get to the Senate floor for a vote.
The law would have been even stricter than Florida’s law, as it would have prevented gays from becoming adoptive parents and foster parents. But that’s not what jumped out at me from the article. It was the reason that one Virginia Senate Democract gave for not supporting the bill.
“This thing comes awfully close to being pretty bigoted, so I can’t support it,” said Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax).
Awfully close to being pretty bigotted? Funny. That’s the kind of thing I would have said was dead-on bigotted, and all this guy can say is that it comes awfully close to being pretty bigotted? Maybe I missed something here. Maybe the legislation in question has some redeeming quality that makes it not quite bigotted.
Or maybe that’s just the best we can expect out of Virginia.