Couple Lose Foster Care Right Over Anti-Gay Stance
February 28, 2011
New york Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 1:35 p.m. EST
LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled that a Christian couple cannot care for foster children because they disapprove of homosexuality.
Judges at London’s Royal Courts of Justice ruled that laws protecting gays from discrimination take precedence over the couple’s religious beliefs.
Eunice and Owen Johns, aged 62 and 65-years old, had previously fostered children in the 1990s, but what one social worker described as their “strong views” on homosexuality raised red flags with authorities in the English city of Derby when they were interviewed in 2007.
Eunice Johns said Monday that she was “extremely distressed” by the decision, which Christian groups also condemned.
But the judges ruled that Britain was “a secular state, not a theocracy.”
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