Officials in the United Kingdom have reportedly agreed to reconsider their denial of a couple’s request to adopt two foster children in their care because they told social workers that the juveniles needed a mother and a father, and not two daddies.
“At a meeting this week, the council recognized that the initial rejection was wrong. The couple will now be assessed by someone outside the council,” the Christian Legal Centre announced on Friday.
As previously reported, the couple, which has not been identified, has been looking after the children since early 2016 and has sought to adopt the youth themselves. They had initially been turned down because their house was too small, but they now plan to expand.
When they were later told by a social worker that two men had expressed interest, the couple “expressed a degree of shock and asked if this was a ‘joke.’” They also said that it would be hard to explain the concept to one of the children—a girl—who had said she was “waiting for a new mummy.”
Two days later, the couple moved forward again to adopt the children themselves, stating that they believed it would be too hard on the children to be removed a second time from people that they loved.
But the couple was denied, receiving a letter that read in part, “Having heard that the prospective adopters were a same-sex couple, you shared some opinions in relation to this proposed placement which are concerning and which would not enable the service to progress an inquiry to be assessed as prospective adopters, as these views could be detrimental to the long-term needs of the children.”
The couple interpreted the letter as meaning that the government believes the family wouldn’t be supportive if one of the children announced later in life that they were homosexual.
“We were deeply shocked when we received the info,” the father recently told the BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show. “We never shared an opinion that is homophobic. We have friends that are homosexual.”
But the couple, which identifies as Roman Catholic, believes that children are best raised in a home with both a mother and father.
“We think having this answer from social services shows there is no free speech in England,” the mother said. “We won’t give up because we think this is what the children want. We think this is the right way. We don’t think social services is looking after the best interest of the children at the moment.”
Following a meeting this week with social services, the Christian Legal Centre expressed optimism that officials had agreed to reconsider.
“We are encouraged by the progress made this week, and grateful that the council has recognized its mistake and adopted a more appropriate stance. It is a step in the right direction,” Executive Director Andrea Williams said in a statement.
“There is still a long way to go, and we will continue to stand with this couple,” she said. “Please pray with us that these young children are able to stay with them.”