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News: UK

Wed 2 Mar, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


We’re delighted the landmark decision has favoured 21st century decency above 19th century prejudice

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A Christian couple was yesterday told that they wouldn’t be allowed to foster kids after declaring their anti-gay views, the judge ruled.

Owen and Eunice Johns were told they would not be allowed to foster, as they wouldn’t be able to tell the impressionable children that homosexuality was acceptable.

The landmark ruling has been a triumph for the LGBT community in the hope for equality across all aspects.

According to the Mirror, Ben Summerskill at Stonewall was over the moon about the outcome of the case, saying: “We’re delighted the landmark decision has favoured 21st century decency above 19th century prejudice.

In any fostering case the interests of 60,000 children in care should override the bias of any prospective parent.”

Despite the outcome at the High Court the Pentecostal Christians have said they are likely to appeal the decision.

The paper also reported that Mrs. Johns, 62, said about the decision: “All we wanted was to offer a loving home to a child in need.

“We have a good track record as foster parents. But because we are Christians, with mainstream Christian views on sexual ethics, we are apparently unsuitable as foster parents.

“We have been excluded because we have moral opinions based on our faith and we feel sidelined because we are Christians with normal, mainstream, Christian views on sexual ethics.

“We are prepared to love and accept any child. All we were not willing to do was tell a small child that the practice of homosexuality was a good thing.”

 

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