Responding to the news that the Charity Tribunal has unanimously ruled that Leeds-based adoption agency Catholic Care cannot discriminate against potential same-sex adopters and continue to operate as a charity, Laura Doughty, Stonewall’s Deputy Chief Executive said:

‘Stonewall applauds the decision of the Charity Tribunal to dismiss Catholic Care’s appeal. It’s clearly in the best interests of children in care to encourage as wide a pool of potential adopters as possible. There should be no question of anyone engaged in delivering any kind of public or publicly-funded service being allowed to pick and choose their service users on the basis of individual prejudice. This ruling makes the law in this area crystal clear.’

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