Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $41,010 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

UK marriage counselor, fired for refusing to work with gay couples, loses legal challenge

Catholic World News - November 30, 2009

An English marriage counselor who was fired because he declined to work with same-sex couples has lost a claim that he was the victim of religious discrimination. Gary MacFarlane had challenged his dismissal from the Relate counseling service, saying that his religious beliefs prevented him from offering advice that could be taken as approval of homosexual acts. The Employment Appeal Tribunal of Bristol rejected his claim, saying that "Relate's commitment to equality of access" took precedence over his religious beliefs.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($128,697 to go):
$150,000.00 $21,302.70
86% 14%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Gaby - Nov. 30, 2009 4:10 PM ET USA

    According to the BBC article, MacFarlane was never actually approached by a gay couple, never actually refused to help a single gay couple. This all started when his employer questioned him regarding his views on gays and then disciplined him and finally dismissed him -based on the purely HYPOTHETICAL possibility that he might offend some unamed, future, potential customer. Besides, doesn't this agency have OTHER consellors that could be assigned to gay couples?!?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17
No, mainstream religious orders aren't attracting vocations as fast as younger traditional orders October 17
The Synod: Is the sky falling? October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - 9 hours ago
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6