Adoption agency Catholic Care has been told it cannot continue to discriminate against gay couples.
The agency launched an appeal to allow it to sidestep anti-discrimination legislation but it has been defeated in court.
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.”