Adoption: Equality

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark Shadow Minister for Charities, Voluntary Bodies and Social Enterprise

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a faith-based adoption agency which is not in receipt of public funds would be eligible for the exemption under Regulation 14, paragraph 3, of the proposed Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Women and Equality)

holding answer 19 March 2007

A faith- based adoption agency that is not operating on behalf of and under contract with a public authority could qualify for the religious organisation exemption under Regulation 14, paragraph 3 of the proposed Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007—provided the agency is not being run on a commercial basis and can demonstrate that the exemption is necessary either to comply with the doctrine of the organisation, or to avoid conflicting with the strongly held religious beliefs of a significant number of the religion's followers.

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Frank Maloney
Posted on 27 Mar 2007 5:08 pm (Report this annotation)

This looks good news but it does suggest a double standard. A faith-based adoption agency operating independantly of a public authority may do so according to its principles without breaking the law but a similar agency linked to a public authority (finance involved no doubt) has to dump its principles or stop operating. And they call this 'freedom'!