Christian foster parents condemn ‘gay laws’ (UK)

UK Telegraph 24 October 2007
A Christian couple who have taken in 28 children have been forced to give up being foster parents after they refused to promote homosexuality. Vincent Matherick, 65, and his 61-year-old wife Pauline were told by social services that they had to comply with legislation requiring them to treat homosexuality as equal to heterosexuality. They said that officials had advised them that if children in their care expressed an interest in homosexuality, they would be expected to take them to gay support group meetings. The couple said that while they would neither condemn nor condone homosexuality, they could not actively promote it because of their religious beliefs. The couple, who faced being removed from the carers’ register, decided to stop fostering early. As a result, their 11-year-old foster son is being moved to a children’s unit.In February this year a social worker told the couple that the council was obliged to implement the Government’s sexual orientation regulations. The rules, enacted this year, make it illegal for the suppliers of goods or services to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality. David Davies, the Tory MP for Monmouth, said: “It’s absolutely horrendous that Christian men and women doing their bit for the community are being discriminated against because of their beliefs. I’m quite certain that social services would never dare to ask a member of any other established religion to agree to such a stance on homosexuality.” Valerie Riches, the founder president of Family and Youth Concern, said: “This is rather typical of the distorted view of equality that this Government seems to have.”

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