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.