A Christian couple from Alberta, Canada is taking legal action after their application to adopt a child was rejected because of their religious-based views on sexuality. They believe it is both a choice and a sin.
In their lawsuit, which was filed at the beginning of the month, the couple alleges that they’re essentially being told to change their religious beliefs in order to adopt. “If we did not change our religious beliefs regarding sexuality, to conform to the beliefs of Child and Family Services, we would not be approved for adoption,” they stated. ConservativeDailyReport
Their denial is especially troubling given the fact that a “Safe Home Study Report” filed back in February noted that they’re employed, own their own home, and have family and community networks that are happy and healthy. On top of that, they even received a strong recommendation from a Catholic Social Services worker who said in an email that she was “pleased” to recommend them for adoption. ConservativeDailyReport
Adoption application denied. The government of Alberta has an official position on what is a sin.
However, the report recommended a “homosexual child” not be placed with the couple because of an assessment that though they said would unconditionally love a child questioning or exploring their sexuality, they would not support the “lifestyle,” which could mean a child may not feel accepted.
Then, in mid-March, the worker contacted the couple again and said Child and Family services had received the report and had additional questions about their views on sexuality.
The worker and the couple sent emails back and forth. In one, the woman wrote she believes homosexuality is a choice.
During subsequent meetings with Catholic Social Services and Child and Family Services, the couple said they made it clear they would seek counselling and support if their child was questioning their sexuality, but they could not encourage a lifestyle that “we knew caused a higher proportion of anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts than other lifestyles,” according to the affidavit. NationalPost
John Carpay of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms pointed out that Catholics, other Christians, Muslims and Orthodox Jews all share the couple’s stance on marriage.
“Making determinations about who is suitable to adopt on the basis of their sincere religious beliefs violates this couple’s right to religious freedom and equality under the law,” Carpay argued.
Aaron Manton, spokesman for the Minister of Children’s Services, said in an email statement to Edmonton Journal regarding the case:
“Our government believes that every adoptive child deserves a safe, healthy, loving and inclusive home. We want to ensure that, in all cases, the adoption process gives both children and parents the best possible outcomes, which is why the application process is thorough and rigorous.” ChristianPost