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Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Conner
Cardinal Cormac
Murphy O'Connor
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Despite opposition from Christian groups, the British House of Commons passed the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation Regulations) 2007 on March 19 without debate in the house. On the evening of March 21, it was passed by the House of Lords after two and a half hours' debate. Only three of the twenty-six unelected bishops in the House voted on the bill.

The law forbids any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. While exceptions are made for churches and other faith-based organizations, they do not apply to churches or other religious organizations under contract with the government to provide services such as adoption and private education (read the text of the proposed law). The Catholic adoption agencies are prepared to close rather than place children with homosexual couples, according to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who has openly criticized Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government for the tactics used in passing the law. Blair has been firm in rejecting any religious exemptions to gay adoptions and has given church-run agencies twenty months to change their policies.

Pray that U.K. Christians will be faithful to God's Word regardless of what men say (Acts 5:29).