North Thanet`s MP, Roger Gale, has this (Wednesday) morning publicly expressed his support for the position taken by the Catholic and Anglican churches over the subject of the adoption of children by homosexual and lesbian partners.
In a statement the MP has said:
"While every person in this country is subject to the law as enacted by parliament it must, surely, also be right for those wishing to do so to be able to adhere to articles of faith that are important to them. I believe that we, in parliament, have a clear duty not to discriminate against established and deeply held religious convictions in precisely the same way that we should not discriminate upon grounds of race, disability, age or sexuality. This is a difficult judgement but we are here to take difficult decisions and we should not allow one group`s "rights" to prevail exclusively against another. In this instance there is no question of prohibition because there are alternatives for adoption through other than faith agencies and we should be bold enough to acknowledge that fact and grant the requested derogations".