Couple accuses Alberta government of denying adoption application over their Christian views on sexuality

A Christian couple from Edmonton, Canada, has accused the government of Alberta of discrimination and said their application to adopt a child was denied because of their religious views.

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According to the Christian couple, they applied for the adoption last year and had even completed a course required for potential adoptive parents. This year, they applied for a judicial review after the government of Alberta denied their request, CBC detailed.

The couple said the problem started when they were asked questions about sexuality during a followup. While they acknowledged that same-sex marriage was legal, they expressed their opposition to it and added that they thought homosexuality was a sin.

"The casework supervisor explained that our religious beliefs regarding sexuality were incompatible with the adoption process," an affidavit filed by the couple said. "The casework supervisor said this stance was the 'official position of the Alberta government.'"

Aside from that, officials wanted to know what the couple would do if a child were to start having doubts about his or her sexuality. They answered that sexuality should only be explored once someone reaches adult age and is married.

John Carpay, the president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms which filed the application on the couple's behalf, argued that Alberta's decision violated the couple's rights to religious freedom and equality. He said the government should not use religious beliefs as a parameter for determining who are suitable to adopt children.

Earlier this year, a bill described by opponents as "totalitarian" was passed to grant the state more power to take children away from parents who oppose the LGBT agenda. Bill 89 also gave government agencies the authority to prevent such couples from becoming foster or adoptive parents, Life Site News reported.

Campaign Life Coalition senior political strategist Jack Fonseca said Bill 89 was a serious threat to Christians and other people of faith. Parents as First Educators president Tanya Granic Allen also expressed disappointment with the passing of the measure but said she was not surprised as the Kathleen Wynne Liberals have allegedly been pushing their "anti-parent and anti-family agenda" for the last several years.