Seth Udinski, FISM News
Courts in the United Kingdom, once a nation where Christendom flourished, continue to push secular ideals. After the recent court affirmation to legalize abortion of mentally disabled children after 24 weeks, a court of appeals is forcing a Christian adoption organization to place children with homosexual couples.
The Court of Appeals in England declared this past weekend that Cornerstone UK, a Christian adoption ministry, must place children in homosexual homes alongside heterosexual homes, despite their claim that it violates their religious rights. The court claims that the act of placing children in adoption homes is a “public issue,” and in such issues, sexual orientation trumps religious freedom.
Parliament has, speaking broadly, chosen to give priority to religious faith in a private context but to give priority to sexual orientation where public services are concerned – always subject to considerations of proportionality in the individual case.
A legal practice called the Christian Institute will fight for Cornerstone UK in court. The agency is vying to take the case to the U.K. Supreme Court in an attempt to hold onto their religious rights. A representative of Christian Institute countered the court’s claim, saying:
The Courts incorrectly stated that Cornerstone recruits carers on behalf of local authorities and therefore cannot rely on equality law exceptions created for religious organizations. These exceptions protect their ability to make distinctions on grounds of sexual orientation without falling foul of discrimination law. The crucial fact is that Cornerstone recruits carers on its own behalf, not on behalf of local authorities.
FISM News will continue to follow this case as it hopefully proceeds to the U.K. high court.