Posted by: becketfund | January 4, 2009

UK: Catholic Adoption Agencies Response to 2007 Equality Act

LONDON – Five of eleven Catholic adoption agencies that the Church threatened to close if they were required to work with gay couples have now adopted the 2007 Equality Act following the 21 month ‘adjustment’ period, Ekklesia reported on January 4. The Act outlaws discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. In October 2008 the Catholic Bishop of Lancaster, Patrick O’Donoghue, threatened to evict adoption agency Catholic Caring Services from church premises for complying with the Equality Act.  Supporters of the 2007 Equality Act say that the changing public and legal agenda will create the opportunity to challenge discrimination and the culture that supports it within sections of the churches.

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