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Catholic adoption charity finds out the cost of bigotry

A Catholic adoption charity that tried to find a loophole in the law that would permit them to continue discriminating against homosexuals has lost its final appeal to the Charity Tribunal. Now the charity concerned, Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds), is complaining that the whole process has cost it £150,000 – a huge chunk out of its operating costs.

Catholic Care had wanted to use an exemption in the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 that allows charities to discriminate if their constitutions permit it. The tribunal upheld the commission’s rejection of the charity’s application to change its objects so that its adoption arm could exclude gay couples from adoption.

Mark Wiggins, chief executive of Catholic Care said that the appeal had made “a big dent in our reserves”.

Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said: “This is the cost of bigotry. There could be absolutely no justification for the Equality Laws to be breached on the basis of religious dogma. I hope that these Catholic charities will now accept that they must abide by the law in the same way that everyone else has to.”