Catholic adoption agencies last night (29 January) appeared to have failed in their attempt to secure an exemption from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, as the Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in a statement that there would be no exemption for faith-based groups.

Catholic adoption agencies last night (29 January) appeared to have failed in their attempt to secure an exemption from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, as the Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in a statement that there would be no exemption for faith-based groups.

The proposed regulations, to be presented to Parliament shortly, would not enter into force before 2008, giving adoption agencies 21 months to decide whether they intend to continue to operate or not.

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly, a prominent catholic, backed the Prime Minister, saying the proposed regulations were "a positive breakthrough" which would help eliminate discrimination.

Conservative leader David Cameron brought his support to the re...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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