The U.K. government is currently in the process of forcing Catholic adoption agencies to allow same-sex couples to adopt. The strong-armed move will almost certainly lead to the closing down of those agencies, which are currently responsible for roughly a quarter of the UK’s adoptions. But what’s the future of a few little brats when the rights of gay couples are at stake?
Archbishop Peter Smith outlines the sensibility of the current arrangement:
We recognise that the law allows same-sex couples to be adoptive parents. If a gay couple comes to one of our agencies we refer them on to another who can help. But we want to be able to continue our work according to our moral teaching.
Despite the current uproar, we hope a sensible deal can still be worked out with the Government.
If a compromise is reached, nobody suffers â€” gay couples can still adopt, and the excellent work of our agencies can continue.
Smith’s debating partner, Deidre Sanders, responds with the typical liberal boilerplate:
“…a raft-load of homophobic prejudice is being floated under the pretext of being about child welfare…We cannot choose our sexuality, itâ€™s a deep-seated part of our nature, and itâ€™s nonsense to think that a gay couple will â€œturnâ€ a child gay. After all, the vast majority of gay people have heterosexual parents….For Roman Catholics, however, this isnâ€™t about practical arguments. Itâ€™s about sin.”
And on and on it goes.