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02:09 | 25th May 2017

News: UK

Mon 9 Aug, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


We don’t want to have to explain to our five-year-old daughter or seven-year-old son why a youngster we’ve been caring for has two mummies or daddies

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A former vicar and his wife have been banned from fostering after saying they did not want gay couples to come to their home.

John and Colette Yallop told the local council that, if approved as foster parents, they would prefer to meet with same-sex couples at a children's centre rather than their family home.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Yallop, 62, reportedly said: ‘We are not homophobic and have worked alongside gay people, but we believe inviting gay couples into our home for the handover process might be detrimental to our family life and our young children.

‘We don’t want to have to explain to our five-year-old daughter or seven-year-old son why a youngster we’ve been caring for has two mummies or daddies.



‘We accept council policies on equality and diversity. Even if we disagree with the rights of gay couples to adopt because it goes against our Christian beliefs, it doesn’t make us bad foster parents.

‘I suspect we’re not alone in believing children thrive where there is a mummy and a daddy, rather than two parents of the same sex. Nevertheless, this is a personal belief that doesn’t affect our ability to care for and love a foster child.’

The couple are expected to appeal against the council’s decision

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