Following public outcry, a British couple who were blocked from adopting their foster children due to their Christian views on marriage, will now have their case re-examined.
As featured last week, the couple’s request to adopt their foster children was rejected because of their religious beliefs. Rather than accepting the discriminatory decision, the couple stood up for their rights, capturing the attention of the public.
Now, the local council has conceded that their initial rejection was wrong, and has agreed to revaluate their decision. To render a (hopefully) more just result, someone outside the council will be evaluating the couple’s application:
The couple were initially told they could not adopt the children, because of their "concerning" views about same-sex parenting. But the local council this week recognised that the initial rejection was wrong and agreed to reconsider its assessment. The couple will now be assessed by someone outside the council.
The council's recognition that the initial decision was wrong and agreement to reconsider the couple's application is a significant step forward. After the council initially rejected the couple’s offer to adopt, Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said:
"This couple's viewpoint is lawful and mainstream. The expression of a view that a child needs a mother and a father cannot justify a refusal to even consider a married couple’s application to adopt. The separation of this couple from the children at this time is unthinkable."
Commenting on the new development, she said: "We are encouraged by the progress made this week, and grateful that the council has recognised its mistake and adopted a more appropriate stance. It is a step in the right direction. These developments highlight the value of Christians standing together, and where appropriate exposing the challenges that people are facing.”
"There is still a long way to go, and we will continue to stand with this couple.”
As the mother involved emphasised in their interview, “We won’t give up, because we think this is what the children want. We think this [having a mum and a dad] is the right way. We don’t think social services are looking after the best interests of the children of the moment”. The couple recognises the consequences that these children would have to bear - the cost of being raised without a mother. The couple adamantly refuses to give up on their desire to adopt these children - they are willing to fight to protect their children, and to give them a loving home and family.
Marriage Alliance also refuses to give up - we are here to fight with you.
Speaking up when your rights have been affected by the same-sex marriage lobby is crucial, because it allows others to see the consequences for ordinary people that comes with a change in marriage law. It is also important because it can have impactful results. One British couple refused to keep silent when their Christian views drew discrimination - their story has captured the media, and hearts across the world, and a change was made.
Do you have a story to tell? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how your rights have been affected. Together, we will protect parents, children, and families throughout Australia. If we refuse to fight, the core of parenting, and the best interests of all children will be rendered trivial. The consequences are too great: we must not surrender marriage to be redefined.