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Introduced Version House Bill 3352 History

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H. B. 3352



(By Delegates Stemple, Sobonya, Howard, Rowan and Stevens)

[Introduced March 25, 2005; referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §48-22-201 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to petition for adoption; and modifying qualifications of persons who may adopt.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §§48-22-201 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 22. ADOPTION.
PART 2. PERSONS WHO MAY ADOPT.

§48-22-201. Persons who may petition for decree of adoption.
(a) Any heterosexual person not married or any person, with his or her spouse's consent, or any husband and wife jointly, may petition a circuit court of the county wherein such person or persons reside for a decree of adoption of any minor child or person who may be adopted by the petitioner or petitioners.
(b) No person eligible to adopt under this section may adopt if that person is a homosexual.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to modify the qualifications of persons who may adopt.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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