Andrew Sullivan would probably label this one “from the annals of chutzpah.” A couple who abused and neglected their children so badly that a court took the kids away from them and put them up for adoption is throwing a fit because they’re being adopted by a gay couple. The court rejected their attempt to scuttle the adoption.
A court has rejected Slovakian parents’ attempt to block the adoption of their children by a same-sex couple.
The parents took the case to the High Court, accusing Kent County Council of ‘social engineering’ by placing their children with a gay couple.
The children, aged two and four, were put up for adoption over concerns about the couple’s parenting and alleged neglect.
The court had heard that the parents often left their children alone, leaving them unkempt and dirty, with their father admitting to regularly beating them.Attempting to block the adoption, the couple had claimed in court: “Slovakia still does not recognise same sex couples and so their Slovak roots and values will not be maintained.
“The children will not be able to be brought up in the Catholic faith because of the conflicts between Catholicism and homosexuality.
“If as expected our children will try to find us and their siblings and roots, then they will discover huge differences between our culture and the way they’ve been brought up.
“This is likely to cause them great upset and to suffer a conflict within themselves such as to set them against their adoptive parents.”
The court rejected those arguments, but the sperm and egg donors (I refuse to call them parents) are going to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.