Disappointment as regulator upholds ruling that threatens Scottish Catholic adoption society
St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society in Glasgow has lost its appeal with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator over its right not to place children with homosexual couples
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has upheld a ruling that threatens to strip St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society in Glasgow of charitable status because the Catholic adoption agency will not place children with homosexual couples.
The OSCR ruled in January this year that St Margaret’s, one of the last Catholic adoption agencies in the UK, failed the charity test—because it was ruled to be in breach of the Equality Act 2010—and the agency appealed.
On Tuesday, the OSCR upheld its original view that St Margaret’s failed the charity test because it discriminated unlawfully on grounds of religion or belief and sexual orientation. Even though the Scottish Government had called for St Margaret’s to be allowed to continue operating according to Church teaching, the regulator did not change its view, instead confirming in a report ‘the decision to direct the charity to meet the charity test’ or lose it charitable status from April 22.
A spokesman for St Margaret’s told the SCO today that everyone involved with the adoption agency was disappointed at the decision but had not given up hope as the charity has the right to appeal the decision to the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.
“We will consult our lawyers,” he said. “In the meantime St Margaret’s remains open for business.”