Raising a child is a major step in a relationship that couples have taken for thousands of years. For some families, adoption is the best opportunity to take part in this aspect of life due to physical or biological restraints.
Many same-sex couples wishing to start a family have turned to adoption, but laws restricting adoption to heterosexual couples continually make it harder for children to go to loving same-sex homes.
Currently, marriage in Virginia is defined by a man and a woman. As explained by adoption attorney Colleen Marea Quinn, Esq., “adoption in Virginia by statute must be by a married couple…or by a single person.”