Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Adoption Debate

The Equality Act, which outlaws discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation is already under threat due to the sermonising of church officials who believe that Catholic adoption agencies should be exempt from the legislation.

While I accept that all people have a right to their opinions and beliefs, religion cannot be used time and again as an excuse for opting out of important legislation. There is a serious inequality in the treatment of religious groups and non-religious groups. Religion cannot be given as an excuse for discrimination. If a person tried to prevent a black couple from adopting a child it would be considered a serious act of discrimination, regardless of the persons views, opinions or beliefs. This is no different.

the government is currently standing firm on this issue, and I hope that continues.

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