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Virginia tells agencies to clear way for adoptions by gay couples

Pries and Oliver embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in a ceremony performed by Gorsline in a ceremony outside the John Marshall Court's Building in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – Virginia same-sex couples can now legally adopt children and also become foster parents, the Virginia Department of Social Services said in a bulletin on Friday to its local offices across the state. Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered the bulletin sent on Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear appeals that sought to keep bans on same-sex marriage in place in Virginia and four other states. …

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