The case of the Relate counsellor who didn’t fancy doing his paid job for same-sex couples but only for opposite-sex couples – because of some Christian ideas he has – is being heard at appeal today.
You can read all about it at the Christian Legal Centre’s website. I was alerted to this by an email I’m signed up to and it came under the heading “Urgent Prayer Request”.
Gary McFarlane worked for the former Marriage Guidance Council, now called Relate. See some background in our last post here. Briefly, he didn’t want to do sex therapy for same-sex couples, discussed it with his superiors and asked if an accommodation could be reached in the event of his having to do this and the whole thing led to his being fired. He is now appealing against an employment tribunal hearing that went against him.
The Christian Legal Centre dresses it up in the language of an imposition on religious freedom, of course, conveniently forgetting that, if everyone found a religious objection to some aspect of the job they do and employers meekly bowed to it, the world as we know it would collapse.