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Ex magistrate begins appeal

Magistrate appealing

An ex-magistrate who failed to get an exemption from hearings in which he might have to place children with gay couples is beginning an appeal.

See also Archbishop of Canterbury's letter to the Prime Minister (Jan 2007)

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PLEASE PRAY TODAY (Monday 22 October 2007)

Christian Magistrate in Legal Appeal Today over Christian Conscience

ANDREW McClintock, a Sheffield-based Magistrate on the family panel, will be in Court today asking to be excused from presiding over cases where the outcome might be the placing of a child in a same-sex household.

Mr McClintock, a Christian, will be represented at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London by Paul Diamond, Barrister, and the case is expected to last one day. He is appealing against the decision of the Sheffield Employment Tribunal.

On 6th February 2006, Mr. McClintock was forced to resign from membership of the Family Panel as he felt unable to place children in a same sex household, and the court refused to allow him to be screened from those cases. Mr McClintock felt there was a conflict of law as he felt the welfare of the child was best served by placing him or her in a family with a mother and a father.

Please uphold today’s hearing in prayer, pray for justice to be done and for fair media coverage

A full report on this case and its implications will be emailed as soon as the Court has handed down its judgement.

Media coverage will be posted on the website:

Andrea Minichiello Williams
Christian Law Centre

Editor 24/10/2007 10:05
A Christian couple who have taken in 28 children have been forced to give up being foster parents after they refused to promote homosexuality.
Editor 01/11/2007 21:41
The couple met yesterday (31 Oct) with Social Services leaders and secured an agreement to have their personal convictions and conscientious objections recognised.

Andrea Williams (of CCFON) commented:'This is a significant step forward for Christian freedoms in that the Council has agreed not to force Mr and Mrs Matherick to act against their Christian beliefs. This should be of enormous encouragement to all Christians who want to take up the important role of caring for vulnerable children.'


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