A couple have been barred from adopting their foster children because of their “concerning” views about same-sex parenting.

The couple decided to try to adopt their two foster children themselves after finding out that a gay couple were prospective parents.

The unnamed Christian couple from the Midlands told social services that children need both a mother and a father. Social services said that this point of view could be detrimental “to the long-term needs of the children.”

The couple have appealed the decision made by social services in a letter to their local council.

The pair argued that they had “not expressed homophobic views, unless Christian beliefs are, by definition, homophobic.”

They wrote: “We are Christians and we expressed the view that a child needs a mother and a father. We expressed our views in modest, temperate terms based on our Christian convictions. We love everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, and we love the children and believe that they would benefit from the foundation offered by a mother and a father. The decision … appears discriminatory to us and not related to the children’s needs.

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