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09 February 2007


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The small Friend editorial team tried hard to discern whether there was a Quaker response to the agonised debate over Roman Catholic adoption agencies and new anti-discrimination law
  • We are against discrimination, certainly, but we are for action based on conscience
  • Laws on conscription and taking oaths have been bucked by Quakers; never let it be said that Friends have ever fallen into line with legislation if it went against their beliefs
  • So does the RC stance differ?

    Not a letter arrived at The Friend office to help us out
  • You seemed to have your heads down on this one
  • But the arguments raged outside on all fronts and in all types of organisations and activist groups
  • We wondered why any gay couple would want to approach an RC adoption agency anyway, although that is never the right way to look at such issues
  • The problem, it seemed to us, was the church's attitude to adoption by couples rather than single gay people, who might be assumed to be celibate
  • It is the same sex partnership which causes the trouble
  • The church cannot view this union as marriage

  • Judy Kirby & Metford Robson

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