Currently, only married couples and single men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, can adopt in Virginia. But the state doesn't allow unmarried couples to adopt.
The regulations would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents simply because they're gay. The Social Services Board voted to strip that protection from the proposed regulations.
The vote came despite objections from some board members who say they didn't have enough time to examine the issue after the Department of Social Services removed the provision last week.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the board lacks the authority to prohibit discrimination in adoptions based on sexual orientation.