Catholic adoption agency loses case2 November 2012
Catholic adoption agencies must be willing to place children with homosexual couples, a tribunal ruled today.
Leeds-based adoption agency Catholic Care had asked the tribunal to authorise a change in its constitution so that it could lawfully turn away same-sex couples as prospective adopters. Catholic Care said that being banned from only recognising heterosexual couples could deprive it of the support of Christian organisations and could force the charity to close.
But Emma Dixon, of the Charity Commission, told the tribunal that Catholic Care would be in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. She said that endorsing Catholic Care's position amounted to "protection" of the Church's stance on homosexuality.
Ruling on the case today, the tribunal said that the ban on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation was clearly established and Catholic Care could not be permitted to follow "some less demanding standard" in order to meet the tenets of the Church.
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