Adoption; person other than spouse of a parent may adopt child. (SB336)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption by person other than spouse of a parent. Provides that a person other than the spouse of a parent may adopt a child if the child has only one parent, the adoption would not terminate the parental rights of the parent, and the parent joins in the petition for the purpose of indicating his consent. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101919D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB336)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB336)
01/24/2014Failed to report (defeated) in Rehabilitation and Social Services (6-Y 6-N)


Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Equality Virginia supports this bill because all of Virginia's children deserve access to the same rights and lesbian and gay couples raising children together should not be subject to discrimination.

ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill that will help assure all children the security of two loving parents. Currently, Virginia only allows single people and different sex married couples to adopt the same child, denying same sex couples the right to adopt the same child and the child the right to two loving parents who will be legally and lovingly committed to look after their welfare, financial and otherwise.