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Letting Catholics follow their convictions over gay adoption is not the same as endorsing discrimination

By Ronald Dworkin   March 2007

The British government’s refusal to exempt Catholic adoption agencies from its ban on discrimination against gay parents misunderstands the complex principles at stake. A liberal society faces a difficult decision when some of its members claim that their religious conviction will not allow them to obey a law that the majority deems necessary to prevent injustice. In such cases there is an apparent conflict between the demands of justice and respect for the freedom of citizens to follow their own convictions on matters of faith, and care is needed to discover the best way to reconcile the two liberal principles…

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