British Court Rules Against Discriminating Catholic Adoption Agency

A British judge has ruled against Catholic Care, a Leeds-based organization that offers adoption services but wishes to discriminate against same-sex couples. The agency sought an exemption to the UK’s Equality Act of 2010, which instituted nondiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians and their families. The judge dismissed the complaint, ruling there was insufficient evidence that Catholic Care would lose funding if it complied with the law. In response to the ruling, the agency said it would simply abandon its adoption services to avoid providing for same-sex couples.