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Battle between Gay Rights/Equality Law v Freedom of Religion

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Battle between Gay Rights/Equality Law v Freedom of Religion

Postby clw_uk » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:48 am

Hey guys

This story a bit old now but remember thinking when I heard it that it would be a good topic to discuss on this site and I have been to busy to post it earlier


Its about a foster couple in the UK who are pentecostal christians. They applied for persmission to foster small children (up to 10 years old i think) but were refused because they disagreed with homosexuality and said they could not tell a child that being gay was ok


Anyway the case went to court and the ban was upheld, however it (and other recent cases like it) started a discussion about gay rights v religious rights to hold various beliefs


full story here


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-de ... e-11666594


What do you think? Was it right to ban them from fostering?


Should note that this is about a battle of rights, not about Christian views of gays etc
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Re: Battle between Gay Rights v Freedom of Religion

Postby Dan74 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:53 am

It's tricky.

Should we also ban neo-Nazis from having children? (irony intentional)

How far should the state interfere? If there is a kid waiting for a good home and in other respects they could provide a nurturing supportive environment, why not?

But what if the kid turned out to be gay? Wouldn't be so nurturing and supportive then, would it?

Perhaps they could foster a girl but not a boy because of the risk?

I think it's a balancing act. If there is another foster family without bizarre views, they should take precedence.
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Re: Battle between Gay Rights/Equality Law v Freedom of Religion

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Re: Battle between Gay Rights/Equality Law v Freedom of Religion

Postby clw_uk » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:57 am

There was also this case before it, it was about a gay couple being refused a room with a double bed by a Christian couple (who owned the B&B)


http://news.sky.com/skynews/Article/201009115897770
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