Posted on June 2, 2010

Racist Couples Barred From Adopting

Herald Sun (Melbourne), June 2, 2010

AN Italian couple’s adoption bid was denied after they said in their application that they did not want “dark-skinned” children, local media reported overnight.

An appeal court in Sicily ruled that the couple were unfit to adopt children of any description, the reports said.

A child protection agency took the couple to court after they submitted an application in Catania, in eastern Sicily, saying they were “prepared to take in up to two children . . . regardless of sex or religion, but . . . not with dark skin”.

The court ordered a magistrate who reviews adoption requests to ignore such specifications, then took things a step further, ruling that any such “racist” couple should not be allowed to adopt at all.