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Date published: 2007/01/24

The BBC says:

The Church of England has backed the Catholic Church in its bid to be exempt from laws on adoption by gay couples.

Catholic leaders in England and Wales say its teachings prevent its agencies placing children with homosexuals and they will close if bound by the rules.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, have written to the PM.

They say "rights of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation, however well-meaning".

The Equality Act, due to come into effect in England, Wales and Scotland in April, outlaws discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services on the basis of sexual orientation.

So the Church of England is just as homophobic as the Catholic Church, what a surprise. Would Rowan Williams accept it as a "right of conscience" if black people, or poor people, or women, or Muslims or ... (name your favourite category) were refused service by some church-run alleged-public-service agency? This is not a "right of conscience", this is a "right of bigotry". Adoption agencies should be looking after the best interests of the children, not the bigoted interests of the people who run the agencies. Channel 4 News was claiming tonight that Blair wanted to grant an exemption, but that most of the rest of the cabinet told him to get lost, so he has supposedly backed down. We shall see.

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