Uniting Families Through Adoption

Uniting Families Through Adoption Rights (2014 SB 336)

POFEV supports SB 336, which would allow both parents in a same-sex couple to have full legal rights and responsibilities for their child.  In testimony before the General Assembly committee hearing SB 336, POFEV called on the legislators to put children ahead of politics:

We are not creating new families here, and we’re not recognizing same-gender-loving marriage. But we are helping existing families, and their children. As a pastor, I know, I ministered to, families like this, and they are, like so many families, simply amazing in how they care for each other—but they need the assurance of long-term stability. Doesn’t every family? Doesn’t every child?"

The full text of POFEV's statement is below, and you also can download it here.


POFEV_logo_for_web.jpgStatement of Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, President & CEO

In support of SB 336

January 24, 2014

robin.gorsline@pofev.org 804/519-3196

My name is Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, and I am here representing POFEV: People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. We thank Sen. Howell for introducing this important legislation which POFEV supports as it has supported other efforts to provide optimal care and family protection for Virginia’s youth.

We are an interfaith organization and speak from our shared spiritual locations. There is not a spiritual or religious tradition present in this Commonwealth that does not place the well-being of children, all God’s children, at the forefront of its beliefs and practices.

Thus, the fundamental spiritual issue that undergirds this bill is this: will we, as a Commonwealth, a common wealth, recognize all our children as gifts of God, not only as gifts for their parents but also as true and beautiful gifts for us, the people God gathers in this beautiful place called Virginia? Will we accept that all our children deserve maximum family support and protection, regardless of whether their parents meet the definitions of those who think they can’t, or shouldn’t, be parents?

Will we cease penalizing our children, God’s children, just because we don’t approve of their parents—parents who have been raising them and caring for them, going to the emergency room and softball and soccer games, PTA meetings, wiping snotty noses and changing dirty diapers, and holding them when they are sick and soothing their tears when they are hurting?

We are not creating new families here, and we’re not recognizing same-gender-loving marriage. But we are helping existing families, and their children. As a pastor, I know, I ministered to, families like this, and they are, like so many families, simply amazing in how they care for each other—but they need the assurance of long-term stability. Doesn’t every family? Doesn’t every child?

Children are the issue. The well-being of children is the spiritual, the moral issue here.

So often it is the children who suffer because adults have to argue about who is right, because adults have to have it their way or no way. It is that way too often when two parents divorce—they fight unreasonably and viciously, and it is the children who pay.

Let’s not act like disputing parents in a divorce proceeding and use our children as weapons to win our point. Let’s not use the disagreement over same-gender-loving marriage as a wedge issue so that our children suffer.

Let’s help our children by adopting SB 336.

POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), P.O. Box 4919, Richmond, VA 23220 • www.facebook.com/pofev

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