Anti-gay Christian fostering agency that told couples to ‘refrain from homosexual behaviour’ broke regulation, court rules

A Christian fostering agency in England discriminated in opposition to LGBT+ of us by asking potential carer to “refrain from homosexual behaviour”, a damning Ofsted report has found.

According to the coaching watchdog, Sunderland-based Cornerstone North East Fostering Service would solely recruit carers who’ve been in heterosexual marriages, excluding anyone from the LGBT+ group.

The report states that the evangelical foster agency contravened the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights as a result of it overtly “discriminates against those who are not heterosexual”.

“The agency’s recruitment and selection process for foster carers is not inclusive and it does not comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010,” it reads.

“The agency requires applicants to refrain from ‘homosexual behaviour’ and in practice will only accept married heterosexual carers. It therefore discriminates against those who are not heterosexual.”

Ofsted assessed Cornerstone North East in February 2019, downgrading it from “good” to “requires improvement”, nevertheless the report was solely launched publicly closing week as a result of the agency contested the findings inside the High Court.

Aidan O’Neill QC, representing the agency, argued that Ofsted was “abusing its regulatory function” and suggested it had been “over-zealous” in making an attempt to be a “champion of equality and human rights”.

He said the watchdog’s objections have been “wholly theoretical” and accused inspectors of inventing “hypothesised scenarios” which “do not exist in reality”.

“There are no actual victims or complainants. You cannot set up straw men and say ‘if they were to do this to them then this would be unlawful’, ” he said.

While Cornerstone North East did obtain having positive amendments made to the report, it has continued stopping for its correct to demand carers refrain from “homosexual behaviour”.

A High Court determine dominated in July that the agency had acted unlawfully in requiring this of parents. Cornerstone North East is now looking for to enchantment this judgement, stressing their correct to uphold “faith-based principles”.