Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What about the children?

I hope that all we Liberals are writing to Tony Blair and Ruth Kelly to argue against any exemption for Catholic adoption agencies to the new equality laws.

The most important thing in deciding on the suitability of prospective adoptive parents is surely their ability to provide a loving, stable home for a child who may well have been damaged in early life. If they have the skills and the commitment to do that, then they should be allowed to adopt. End of story.

The laws of the land apply to everybody equally otherwise we create all sorts of problems for ourselves. I bet if we went to John Reid and said "We're liberals and we don't agree with ID cards on principle, can we be exempt from having one?" that he'd laugh in our faces so it's important that they don't accommodate the narrow view of a few religious organisations.

What worries me in these circumstances is that the non Liberal forces are extremely good at mobilising, whereas the liberal voice isn't quite as loud - which is why we all need to get e-mailing.

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