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ORIGINAL POST: Virginia's social services board is set to take up proposed regulations that would prohibit adoption agencies from discriminating against potential adoptive parents based on sexual orientation.

The move has not been well-received by some faith-based adoption groups, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has also voiced opposition to the measure.

Social Services Commissioner Martin Brown has asked the state Board of Social Services to remove part of the rule that would ban private adoption services from discriminating based on sexual orientation, among other things.

Currently, only married couples and single men and women -- regardless of sexual orientation -- can adopt in Virginia. The rule change would not help gay couples that want to adopt a child, however, given that gay marriage is still prohibited in the state.

The board is scheduled to vote on the regulations today. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the board lacks the legal authority to allow same-sex couples to adopt.

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