A British court has ruled that a Christian couple cannot be foster parents because they believe homosexuality is a sin.
Eunice and Owen Johns cared for foster children in the 1990s and applied to become foster parents again in 2007. However, a social worker said their views on homosexuality raised concerns with authorities.
"All we were not willing to do was to tell a small child that the practice of homosexuality was a good thing," the couple told the London Telegraph after losing their case at the high court.
The justices at London's Royal Courts of Justice declined to re-instate their application. They ruled that a law protecting gay rights overrides the couple's religious beliefs.
According to the couple, the judges even suggested their Christian beliefs on homosexuality may be harmful to children. Christian groups warned the ruling will have a disastrous impact on the future of foster care and adoption in the United Kingdom.
"It is just one more blow for us," Eunice said. "It seems a dark day for Christians."