Eunice and Owen Johns, a Christian couple with extreme anti-gay views, have been denied the right to foster children by the Royal Courts of Justice.
The couple were summoned to court following a social worker’s report, expressing anxiety about the pair’s refusal to tell a child that homosexuality was suitable. The Metro reported that two High Court judges stated that sexual equality laws “should take precedence” over discrimination based on faith or religion.
Mrs Johns told the Metro, “We have been excluded because we have moral opinions based on our faith” and that, “A vulnerable child has now… missed the chance of finding a safe and caring home.”
In a statement yesterday, Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘We’re delighted that the High Court’s landmark decision has favoured 21st-century decency above 19th-century prejudice. In any fostering case the interests of the 60,000 children in care should override the bias of any prospective parent.
‘Thankfully, Mr and Mrs Johns’s out-dated views aren’t just out of step with the majority of people in modern Britain but those of many Christians too. If you wish to be involved in the delivery of a public service, you should be prepared to provide it fairly to anyone.’