‘Homosexuality Is A Sin’ Couple Fight To Become Foster Parents

‘Homosexuality Is A Sin’ Couple Fight To Become Foster Parents
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Perth couple Byron and Keira Hordyk, who believe that ‘homosexuality is a sin that can be overcome’, have taken their failed attempt to become foster parents to court after their application was denied by Wanslea Family Services in September based on their ‘religious beliefs’.

Having spoken candidly about their devout Christian lifestyle, the couple told Wanslea Family Services that if given an LGBTQI child to care for, they would help them ‘overcome their sexuality’.

Byron Hordyk speaking to The West Australian in November said, “We do feel we have been discriminated against and also we felt that if we were quiet about this and didn’t say anything about it, it could potentially harm or limit any people with the same Christian values as ours from fostering. We hold traditional Christian values on how the Bible teaches us on sexuality and marriage.

Represented pro-bono by lawyer Steven Penglis SC, the couple had originally put in an application with the organisation in January 2020. Their case centred on WA’s Equal Opportunities Act, which specifies that a person who provides services cannot lawfully discriminate against another person on the basis of their religious or political conviction.

Despite the Equal Opportunities Commission finding that the couple’s case rightly “lacked substance” and a previous attempt by Wanslea through the State Administration Tribunal to have the matter withdrawn, the proceedings went ahead.

 On the opening day of the eight day trial, Penglis argued that Wanslea could have matched an appropriate child with the family but accepting a 17-year-old gay teenager would not be have been appropriate.

“There’s an acknowledgement within Wanslea’s own documents that not one size fits all… the consensus that not one foster parent would fit all foster children. What we say has happened here is that once a view was expressed by the Hordyks and very firmly held, we don’t dissolve from that… those views ought not to have ended the process.

“What the Hordyks applied for was to look after very young children for zero to five years old on a temporary basis, they wanted to give respite.”

Penglis went on to quote material from the organisation which stated that it was sensitive to young people, regardless of their sexuality and that as part of the foster carer assessment process, it prepares foster carers to foster children from diverse sexuality backgrounds.

Fearing backlash, the couple have stated that they would refrain from social media during the trial which is set to continue into next week.

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One response to “‘Homosexuality Is A Sin’ Couple Fight To Become Foster Parents”

  1. So these two think they are being discriminated against because those who run the fostering system have rejected their application to foster based upon their religious beliefs and their openly stated plan that should a Homosexual Child be allocated to them they would do all they could to “cure” her/him. Talk about double standards! The think tyhey are being discriminated against yet they are happy to discriminate against someone themselves. In their efforts to “Cure” the unfortunate child put into their “care” these two would probably use the thoroughly discredited, dangerous “Gay Conversion Therapy” (GCT) dreamt up by some sadistic members of the Baptist Church in the USA which has resulted in 100s of Suicides – or as I prefer to call it “Murder by Remote” for those who have died have been driven to it.
    This couple should concentrate on having their own children whom they can brain-wash into their sick beliefs. Hopefully the WA Government will enact legislation to ban GCT if they haven’t already done so. Foster children are Not Owned by those fostering them so this couple has no Right to impose their sick beliefs on those children whilst they are in their alleged “care”