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News: UK

Wed 17 Mar, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


It's clearly in the best interests of children in care to encourage as wide a pool of potential adopters as possible

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A Catholic adoption society has won a High Court battle over legislation forcing it to consider homosexual couples as parents.
Catholic Care, which serves the dioceses of Leeds, Middlesbrough, and Hallam in South Yorkshire, launched the legal action saying it would have to give up its work finding homes for children if it has to comply with the legislation.
It sought an exemption under the Sexual Orientation Regulations to allow it to continue to operate as it had always done.
Its plea to be allowed an exemption was opposed by the Charity Commission.


Mr Justice Briggs, sitting in London, allowed Catholic Care's appeal and ordered the commission to reconsider the case in the light of the principles set out in his judgment.
Later the Rt Rev Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, welcomed the judge's decision, saying it would "help in our determination to continue to provide this invaluable service to benefit children, families and communities".
He said the judgment confirmed that Catholic Care was correct in its reading of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 and that the exemption could apply "to any charity subject to it being in the public interest".
"The judgment will help in our determination to continue to provide this invaluable service to benefit children, families and communities."
Jonathan Finney, head of external affairs at Stonewall, the gay rights charity, said: "It's unthinkable that anyone engaged in delivering any kind of public or publicly funded service should be given licence to pick and choose service users on the basis of individual prejudice.
"It's clearly in the best interests of children in care to encourage as wide a pool of potential adopters as possible. There should be no question of discriminatory behaviour by any organisation that benefits from the taxpayer."

Source: Press Association

 

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