Same-sex row adoption agency to keep charity status

From BBC News


A Glasgow-based adoption Agency run by the Catholic Church in Scotland has won an appeal against a decision to strip it of its charitable status.


St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society had been told by the Scottish Charity regulator it was to lose its status over its refusal to place children with same-sex couples.


This decision had now been overturned by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.


The Catholic Church said the agency would continue its work as normal.


St Margaret’s was one of several adoption agencies run by the Catholic Church throughout the UK that had tried to resist new equality laws.


The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) reviewed the practices of the charity in January last year, after a complaint from the National Secular Society and, in a report, found it was breaking the Equality Act 2010.


The report said St Margaret’s gave greater priority to prospective adoptive parents who are a couple, Catholic, married for at least two years and who wish to adopt within the framework of a Catholic faith.


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