Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has weighed in against proposed rules
that would require private and faith-based groups, such as Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services, to allow gay parents to adopt children.
Cuccinelli’s office said in a memo dated Tuesday that the proposal to be considered by the State Board of Social Services as early as next week “does not comport with applicable state law and public policy.”
“Therefore the State Board lacks the authority to adopt this proposed language
,’’ wrote Allen Wilson, senior assistant attorney general to the Virginia Department of Social Services.
In December 2009, the attorney general’s office, then headed by Bill Mims
, a former Republican legislator and now a Supreme Court justice, advised that the state board had the authority
to repeal the existing regulation and put into place the new one. Cuccinelli’s office is now revising and amending