A coalition of advocacy groups is urging the state Board of Social Services to reconsider its April vote that they say allows faith-based organizations in Virginia to discriminate in adoptions.

The board had delayed implementation of the regulations to allow 30 additional days of public comment. The comment period ends at midnight Tuesday.

More than 2,000 people had submitted comments on the state’s regulatory Web site by late Tuesday afternoon.

Some said they do not want qualified people to be barred from adopting or becoming foster parents. Others said the board should not force agencies to take on certain clients because allowing gay parents to adopt goes against their religious beliefs.

“Do you want to end state regulations that don’t  protect gay and lesbian individuals from becoming adoptive or foster parents at  a time when thousands of children languish in the state’s foster care system  waiting for a home?’’ Equality Virginia asked in an e-mail to supporters this week.

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