I have just been listening to Lord Falconer on Radio 4 speaking about the John’s fostering case. He seemed to describe the outcome by saying the issue was not decided but that in certain circumstances people might be deemed unsuitable to foster in a particular case of an eleven or twelve year old uncertain about their sexuality.
That is not true, as can be seen if you go and read the ruling, which was nowhere near as specific.
Indeed, such specification was one of the things the Johns’s sought, but were refused:
27 ... The claimants sought the following declarations (as refined following the hearing):
(c) It is unlawful for a Foster Service to ask potential foster carers their views on homosexuality absent the needs of a specific child.
The ruling, however, was to make no order in this (or any other) regard.
Most listeners won’t know this and therefore will have been misled.
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