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Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out

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  1. boarderthom 2 Jan 2009, 12:26pm

    Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights spoke there last month saying, “That just like apartheid laws that criminalized sexual relations between different races, laws against homosexuality are increasingly becoming recognized as anachronistic and inconsistent both with international law and with traditional values of dignity, inclusion, and respect for all.”
    Apartheid: A system of laws applied to one category of citizens in order to isolate them and keep them from having privileges and opportunities given to all others.
    Stop gay apartheid.

  2. Alan Dawe 2 Jan 2009, 2:21pm

    The whole point of “Law” is that it it based on proven fact not fiction.

  3. Presumably highly paid jobs within agencies were at stake if an agency decided to close down. Well seen their consciences don’t bother them on that score.

  4. Yes I bet they enjoy the government funding too much! and I believe they don’t mind receiving gay tax payers money!

  5. I’d like to take a less cynical stand point in that while many of the religious leaders associated with these agencies stated they would not comply with the law, the views of those on the adoption committees and involved in the actual decision making process was often quite different.

    Of the gay and lesbian couples who I know with children, several of them are practising Christians, so it is certainly significant for faith-based adoption agencies to open their doors to a wider pool of adoptive parents. I wouldn’t have thought it stopped them dealing with unmarried heterosexual couples. . .

  6. Dominick J. 2 Jan 2009, 6:01pm

    Most of these children don’t have any religious preference and therefore shouldn’t be subjected to a Catholic upbringing or any religious upbringing that discrimnates for any reason. All these kids want is a home with loving parents who will take care of them.

  7. Sexuality is an intrinsic human quality. Religion is merely an obviously made up point of view. When it comes to a clash between the two , it should be no contest. And rightly so.

  8. the law is the law

  9. Dominick J. 2 Jan 2009, 9:40pm

    zazou what law are you referring to? :O(

  10. Well, obviously not canon law, Dom. The supreme freewill of Parliament will do for the majority of folks in the UK at any rate.

  11. you choice your religion not your sexuality

  12. Dominick J. 3 Jan 2009, 8:08pm

    Thanks Dave :O)

  13. Simon Murphy 4 Jan 2009, 4:38pm

    I a sick of religions demanding and expecting the right to discriminate. It’s good that about 50% of catholic adoption agencies have decided not to punish vulnerable children by obeying the law. The ones who refuse to obey the law must be shut down and all their state finances given to agencies who don’t wish to discriminate.

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