An NHS director sacked for speaking out against gay adoption claimed yesterday that he was ‘ousted from public service’ for being a Christian.
Richard Page, 71, has brought a religious discrimination case against the NHS Trust Development Authority after losing his job for comments he made as a magistrate.
Yesterday he told an employment tribunal that he believes ‘sex outside of marriage is sinful’.
He said he was not anti-gay, but added: ‘It is a sin to have sex outside of marriage, which necessarily includes all homosexual practices.’
Mr Page was suspended as a director of the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust after he said it was better for a child to be brought up by both a man and a woman.
He made the comments in his role as a magistrate when considering an application by a same-sex couple to adopt a child.
He rejected a claim in a social worker’s report that homosexual couples made better adoptive parents than straight couples.
Last year he appeared on numerous television programmes in an attempt to defend his position. On ITV’s This Morning, where he said he was opposed to gay marriage, presenter Piers Morgan accused him of being a homophobe, a claim Mr Page denied. Later he was sacked from the magistracy for serious misconduct by then-justice secretary Michael Gove and Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, who said his comments suggested he was ‘biased and prejudiced against single sex adopters’. A few days later the NHS Trust Development Authority suspended him from his role at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
He claims that he has been barred from public duty