by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
The Charities Commission of England and Wales ruled June 2 that adoption agencies cannot discriminate against gay couples.
The commission cited the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007, which ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Violation of the law would lead to a loss of charity status and public funding.
The ruling came in a case involving the Catholic Care charity in Leeds, which wanted to amend its official statement of objectives with the commission to exclude consideration of gay couples.