Virginia lawmakers are set to consider opposing gay adoption bills, the AP reported.

Democratic Senator Adam Ebbin is the sponsor of a bill that would bar the state from funding adoption agencies which discriminate against foster or adoptive parents based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“One major issue is whether charities that receive tax dollars should be able to discriminate,” Ebbin said. “Adoption is a public act that goes through state courts, and no government agent should engage in discrimination.”

(Related: Adam Ebbin: Virginia's first openly gay state senator.)

Ebbin's proposed measure would reinstate protections removed last month by the Virginia Board of Social Services. The board's new regulations, which strip out protections against discrimination based on gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and family status, take effect May 1.

A competing bill, however, would reinforce the board's move.

Senator Jeffrey McWaters and Delegate Todd Gilbert's proposal would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective foster or adoptive parents who are gay, if doing so is supported by the organization's religious beliefs.

“We just want to ensure that people can continue to abide by their religious beliefs and continue to provide services consistent with those beliefs,” said Gilbert, a Republican from Woodstock.