August 19, 2010

Catholic Care fails in gay adoption row


by Sara Levy

Roman Catholic adoption charity, Catholic Care, has failed in its bid to exclude homosexuals from its program.

The group had asked for exemption from anti-discrimination laws on religious grounds. However, the Charities Commission said that there was no justifiable reason to excludes parents from an adoption program simply because of their sexuality.

The issue came up as a consequence of Sexual Orientations Regulations, part of the Equality Law passed in 2007, which made discimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal.

While other charities have since separated themselves from direct church connections, Catholic Care had instead tried to force the matter by changing its constitution to adopt for heterosexual parents only.

In a statement, Catholic Care said: “The charity is very disappointed with the outcome. Catholic Care will now consider whether there is any other way in which the charity can continue to support families seeking to adopt children in need.”

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