A Christian couple in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, were refused the right to adopt children because “their beliefs related to gender and sexuality were contrary to the official position of the Alberta government”—in other words, they were not pro-homosexual, a new lawsuit claims.
According to a report in the Canadian National Post, the couple have filed a court application claiming discrimination after an initial recommendation they be allowed to adopt was revoked after “interference” by the Ministry of Children’s Services.
“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,” said the woman in an affidavit filed Nov. 1 with Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.
According to an official inquiry into the couple’s social status, they are exemplary citizens: both are employed, own their own home and enjoy “happy and healthy family and community networks.”
The report continued by saying that they had hoped to adopt a child, or up to three siblings, between the ages of seven and 17, and that the Catholic Social Services worker who prepared the report said in an email she was “pleased” to recommend them for adoption.
However, the report also said that a homosexual child should 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 that “lifestyle.”
The couple were then contacted by a case worker from Child and Family services and asked “additional questions about their views on sexuality.”
The case worker and the couple exchanged emails, and in one of these exchanges, the woman wrote she believed that “homosexuality was 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.
The couple’s adoption application was then officially rejected.
The case is likely to come before the courts early in 2018.