Catholic adoption service stops recruiting

Move follows charity's failure to overturn Charity Commission ruling on excluding gay couples

The Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) has closed its adoption service to new couples after the failure of Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) to overturn the Charity Commission's refusal to allow it to exclude homosexual couples.

The Charity Tribunal ruled last month that the commission had been right not to allow Catholic Care to use a provision in equality legislation permitting charities to write the ability to discriminate into their objects.

Catholic Care was last week given leave to appeal to the High Court. But Jim Richards, chief executive of the Catholic Children's Society, said his charity could not wait any longer because it had been unable to recruit new parents since the new equality rules came in on 1 January, leaving its adoption service with no work or source of income.

He said the charity was not prepared to act in a way that went "violently against" its Catholic beliefs.

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