Foster Agency Rejects Christian Couple Because of ‘Outdated’ Beliefs on Homosexuality
A government-funded child services agency rejected a Canadian couple as foster parents because of their Christian faith and their belief that homosexuality is sinful, according to a lawsuit filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the couple, who have three biological children and tried unsuccessfully to become foster parents in 2017-18. They are known as “A.A.” and “B.A.” in court documents. The father is the pastor of an evangelical church in Ontario.
“[I]t seems that this agency is putting ideology ahead of children’s interests,” the Justice Centre said in a statement. It filed suit on behalf of the couple on June 14.
An Oct. 1 letter from Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services to the couple stated: “We feel that the policies of our agency do not appear to fit with your values and beliefs and therefore, we will be unable to move forward with an approval for your family.”
The couple completed the required training in March 2018 and were interviewed by a social worker May 1 of that year. The worker said her son is gay and asked the pastor if his church was a “fundamental” one that “believes in outdated parts of the Bible, written thousands of years ago,” according to the suit.
The suit says the pastor told the social worker that:
“He preaches the Bible, and believes the Bible remains
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