Not Allowed: England’s Catholic Church ‘Straights Only’ Adoption Policy

“The [Charity Tribunal] ruled that a ‘heterosexuals only’ policy in the adoption field of the Catholic Church in England and Wales would fall foul of the ban on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation brought in two years ago. The Tribunal’s ruling leaves leading charity Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) facing a deep religious impasse and creates a fundamental conflict between the tenets of the Catholic Church and the law of the land. If the charity now sticks to Church policy and continues to follow its ‘heterosexuals only’ policy it could lose its charity status and public funding. It might also face discrimination claims by same-sex couples it has turned away in the past.” [Telegraph]