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Stonewall welcomes ‘landmark’ fostering decision

Stonewall today welcomed a High Court ruling in a case brought by a Derbyshire couple, who as foster parents believe that homosexuality is unacceptable. Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘We’re delighted that the High Court’s landmark decision has favoured 21st-century decency above 19th-century prejudice. In any fostering case the interests of the 60,000 children in care should override the bias of any prospective parent.

‘Thankfully, Mr and Mrs Johns’s out-dated views aren’t just out of step with the majority of people in modern Britain but those of many Christians too. If you wish to be involved in the delivery of a public service, you should be prepared to provide it fairly to anyone.’

1. Stonewall secured provisions in the 2006 Equality Act which outlawed discrimination against gay people for the first time in the delivery of public services
2. Britain’s 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people contribute more than £40bn annually to the cost of public services.

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