A UK-based charity has apologized for calling critics of gay adoption “retarded homophobes,” reports the Telegraph.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) published comments from a gay adopter advising gay men and lesbians on adoption. The quote appeared in a pamphlet titled Pink Guide to Adoption for Lesbians and Gay Men and again on its Be My Parent website.

“Most importantly, don't worry about society,” the anonymous quote reads. “Children need good parents much more than retarded homophobes need an excuse to whinge, so don't let your worries about society's reaction hinder your desire and ability to give a child a loving caring home.”

Officials at BAAF quickly responded after the Daily Mail howled and labeled the organization “adoption Nazis.”

In a statement posted at the BAAF website, David Holmes, chief executive of BAAF, apologized for the quote.

“These words are not the views or policy of BAAF,” Holmes said. “We deeply regret the use of the word 'retarded' and apologise for any offense that it has caused. The use of this word is unacceptable in any circumstance. The fact that this was part of the quote that went to print was down to a human error for which we apologise. We are correcting the error.”

But a BAAF spokeswoman stood by the quote, saying: “It has now been removed from our website but we do still stand by the sentiments behind it. It is strong language but they are not our words, they are the words of the carer. It just reflects the strength of their feeling against the homophobia in society. This is how same-sex couples feel.”

The BAAF is Britain's largest adoption charity and is funded by the government.