Scottish Catholics seek opt-out on adoption laws

The Catholic church in Scotland is seeking an exemption for Church-run adoption agencies from controversial adoption laws, due to come into force next year, which will allow children to be placed into homes with gay couples.

But, as The Universe reports, Church leaders in Scotland are now asking the Scottish Executive to consider providing a "conscience clause" for church and other faith-based groups, which will allow them to reject same-sex couples considering adoption.

John Cunningham, Bishop of Galloway and President of The National Commission for Pastoral and Social Care commented that the new proposals under-value married couples: "The executive do not seem to have recognised the unique contribution that a stable married couple can make to the upbringing of children and they have grave reservations concerning the ability of same sex couples or unmarried heteroxexual couples, however loving they might be, to provide the stability and the role models that a married couple can," he said.

"If the proposals go ahead as they stand, the bishops would certainly expect an exemption similar to that given in England to the faith-based adoption agencies".

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of Scotland's Catholics, has warned that Scotland's adopted children must not become "guinea pigs in some distorted social experiment aimed at redefining marriage, subverting the family and threatening the good of society".

Scottish Catholics Seek Opt-out on Adoption Laws (The Universe 17/1/06)

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18 Jan 2006