#1048 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 15 Mar 2015
In a worrying development in the debate on whether or not children need both a dad and a mum in order to have their best interests served, a British magistrate has been reprimanded for privately telling an adoption panel that children do best when raised by a male and a female parent, and holding the belief that placing a child with same-sex adoptive parents was not in a child’s best interests.
The Lord Chancellor, a cabinet minister in the Cameron government, and the nation’s chief judge have taken action to ban Mr Page from the courtroom until he had undergone “equality training,” a decision Anglican bishop Michael Nazir Ali said reminded him of communist re-education camps.
Mr Page said his view reflected his biblical faith and was backed by sound research.
The action also sparked concern over the apparent erosion of freedom of speech in the face of political correctness.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.