The Supreme Court, part of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, has taken a fundamentally new solution that can have serious consequences for the process of adoption of children believing families. The Court was of the view that Christians with traditional views on sexual ethics are unsuitable for the role of foster parents — their beliefs may be unfavorable for children.
This position of the British court is reflected in the decision of 28 February 2011 in the case № CO/4594/2010, a copy of which is the Institute for Religious Freedom.
This judgment concerns the debate between the couple Eunice and Owen Jones and the city council of the city of Derby (Derbyshire, England).
Joneses appealed to the City Council in 2007 with the request of a foster child. However, the city council prevented their appeal because Jones has not approved the refusal to assist in familiarizing the child with the phenomenon of homosexuality. In November 2010, the two sides jointly asked the court to issue a final decision: either to allow Jones to take the child in foster care or deny it on the basis of equality law in connection with their Christian beliefs.
In its decision, the Court strongly defended the homosexual world. Jones made it impossible to take a child to be raised in connection with religious beliefs, despite their reputation as foster parents.
Arguing the decision, the court took the view that traditional Christian moral beliefs are potentially dangerous for children, and parents with Christian beliefs are not to be considered for the role of the prospective adoptive parents.
The judges noted that the decision is not religious discrimination Jones, as they were denied the opportunity to raise a child because of views on sexual morality, and not in connection with Christian beliefs.