Christian couple barred from being foster parents over views on homosexuality

A couple in England lost their right to be foster parents because “they said they could not tell a child a ‘homosexual lifestyle’ was acceptable”:

Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson ruled that laws protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation “should take precedence” over the right not to be discriminated against on religious grounds.

The Christian Legal Centre responded:

The organisation said the judges had effectively ruled “homosexual ‘rights’ trump freedom of conscience in the UK”.

The judges had stated that “biblical Christian beliefs may be ‘inimical’ to children, and implicitly upheld an Equalities and Human Rights Commission (ECHC) submission that children risk being ‘infected’ by Christian moral beliefs”.

The CLC said the judgment summary “sends out the clear message that orthodox Christian ethical beliefs are potentially harmful to children and that Christian parents with mainstream Christian views are not suitable to be considered as potential foster parents”.

Margaret Cabaniss


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

  • bill bannon

    it equates respecting civil rights of gays with affirming their acts per se. I sometimes think of going to Europe but it would not be for imbibing their views but for seeing what they produced centuries ago…not for what they are producing now in the world of thought.
    Pretty soon they’ll ban…if they are consistent….the Bible but also Jean Paul Sartre’s biography of Jean Genet which is a deep atheist argument against the gay lifestyle of his close friend Genet ( if a Christian is ever going to read atheist existentialist Sartre…that is the one to read). Or not….read the one Catholic that Sarte called a Christian existentialist…Gabriel Marcel and his “broken” world and how problems can be solved but mysteries can’t be solved but only participted in.
    Oh well….adieu Europe…..Friday night our family found a great French restaurant in Northvale NJ…a real one (not with Steak and Pommes Frites as their only thing)… but Duck confit in the most wonderful orange sauce….Pork Normand…Red Snapper Dijonnais. Heck everything had a complex sauce and there was old world wallpaper and slow dancing in the next room. I feared my Rusty Nail would have sauce but it was perfect. Adieu Europe….you are a moveable feast in the cuisine area.
    That couple should move here.

  • Kathryn

    I wonder how the ruling would have gone if they were an afluent and observant Muslim couple?

  • bill bannon

    …..I’ll bet those judges would be looking for nuances. But maybe Muslims never take in foster infidels… it never comes up.
    But something along those lines will come up sooner or later.

  • Irenaeus

    The last man of conscience in England was Sir Thomas More, and since him, English authorities haven’t taken conscience seriously.

  • smf

    Ho hum.

    How much longer until the judges on this side of the pond will be in agreement with those on that side of the water?

    To all Catholics everywhere, do not entrust your children to the state! Make provision for another Catholic to raise them if you should become unable, and put this in writing.

    Further, don’t go doing any of the block-head things that will cause the state to take your children from you.

    So what was once the orthodoxy of the state church (and may still be in some theoretical sense) is now an impediment to being made a foster parent by that same state. Like matter and anti-matter, I am sure there will be some sort of mutual annihilation involved at some point.

  • Matt

    So is every moral position held by potential foster parents up for consideration for exclusion from fostering? Unbelievable.

  • Mary

    Some of us note that HIV is widely held to be inimical.