Lords attempt to help Catholic adoption

CATHOLIC adoption agencies could once again be allowed to operate according to their founding principles if an amendment to the Equality Bill before the House of Lords passes today.

The amendment, which will be voted on today at the bill’s third reading, aims to overturn the anti-discrimination law that prevents Catholic adoption agencies from refusing same-sex couples as potential parents. Baroness Williams of Crosby has tabled the amendment together with Baroness Butler-Sloss; Labour peer Lord Brennan, a human rights campaigner; and former Home Secretary Lord Waddington.

The groups believes the Sexual Orientation Regulations that came into effect in January 2009 have forced Catholic adoption agencies to close or disassociate themselves from the Church. If the amendment passes these adoption agencies could return to their previous and valuable work unhampered.

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