Former Blackburn vicar banned from being foster parent

BANNED: Colette and John Yallop cannot be foster parents

BANNED: Colette and John Yallop cannot be foster parents

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

A FORMER vicar and his wife have been banned from being foster parents in a row over his views on gay couples.

Rev John Yallop and his wife Colette said they were not homophobic, but would refuse same-sex couples access to their Blackburn home if they were considering adopting one of their foster children.

Rev Yallop, who manages the St Barnabas Church and Community Centre in Johnson Street, Blackburn, said he was not prepared to allow gay couples in his home because of the ‘confusion’ it would cause to his children, aged five and seven.

He said he had been in a two-year fight with Lancashire County Council over the issue. The authority has refused their application to be foster carers but the couple are fighting it, with the backing of the Christian Legal Centre.

The council said the couple's application had to be blocked because of its equality and diversity policies.

He said that if approved as foster parents, they would be ready to help same-sex couples adopt children and 'would be happy for a gay person to visit'.

But he said they would rather meet such couples at a children’s centre than in their family home to avoid awkward questions from their own young son and daughter.

Mr Yallop, 62, said: “We accept council policies on equality and diversity. Even if we disagree with the rights of gay couples to adopt because it goes against our Christian beliefs, it doesn’t make us bad foster parents.”

He added that he had resigned as a minister after having an affair while married to his first wife and had since worked as a support worker for people with mental health problems.

County Coun Susie Charles said the council must operate within both the law and their own equality and diversity policy.

She said: “People who wish to foster must be open to working alongside all approved adopters to give the transition the best chance of success.”

Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre, said it was vital Christians were allowed to 'live out our faith in public'.

She said: "It would appear that John and Colette Yallop have been discriminated against due to their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman and that children do best when they have a mother and a father.”

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6:11pm Mon 9 Aug 10

Scooby says...

Such strong convictions to his faith, but had an affair.. I believe the Ten Commandments specifically prohibits affairs and adultery. Don't remember seeing anything about gay people in it though.. Hypocrites!
Such strong convictions to his faith, but had an affair.. I believe the Ten Commandments specifically prohibits affairs and adultery. Don't remember seeing anything about gay people in it though.. Hypocrites! Scooby
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6:56pm Mon 9 Aug 10

JudithDene says...

This man and his partner are not Christians if he cannot accept that his own faith welcomes all people regardless of their gender, orientation or colour. He is no stranger to adversity and his own past is somewhat chequered. He ia bigot and should be ashamed of himself. Its little wonder the local authority don't want him in charge of minors or the upbringing of young people. He would probably cause young people to become prejudice regarding sexual orientations. We live in a ever changing world, perhaps he should look to be changing his own old fashioned, out of date unsuitable views. Scooby from Blackburn has covered it well with the word....Hypocrites!
This man and his partner are not Christians if he cannot accept that his own faith welcomes all people regardless of their gender, orientation or colour. He is no stranger to adversity and his own past is somewhat chequered. He ia bigot and should be ashamed of himself. Its little wonder the local authority don't want him in charge of minors or the upbringing of young people. He would probably cause young people to become prejudice regarding sexual orientations. We live in a ever changing world, perhaps he should look to be changing his own old fashioned, out of date unsuitable views. Scooby from Blackburn has covered it well with the word....Hypocrites! JudithDene
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7:23pm Mon 9 Aug 10

Excluded says...

"It would appear that John and Colette Yallop have been discriminated against due to their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman and that children do best when they have a mother and a father.”

And yet the report says that his first marriage broke up after he had an affair. I must have been asleep during the part of bible class which said this was good Christian behaviour.

Other people must conform to his view of Christian behaviour but Christian behaviour is an optional exta for him when it takes his fancy. I'm betting there are a few grounds why the Council are wary of letting this bloke near vulnerable children.
"It would appear that John and Colette Yallop have been discriminated against due to their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman and that children do best when they have a mother and a father.” And yet the report says that his first marriage broke up after he had an affair. I must have been asleep during the part of bible class which said this was good Christian behaviour. Other people must conform to his view of Christian behaviour but Christian behaviour is an optional exta for him when it takes his fancy. I'm betting there are a few grounds why the Council are wary of letting this bloke near vulnerable children. Excluded
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8:02pm Mon 9 Aug 10

ste.g says...

i feel a shuffles extravaganza coming on.
i feel a shuffles extravaganza coming on. ste.g
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8:22pm Mon 9 Aug 10

Private I says...

The Yallop's argument is that they want an exemption to break the law so that they can discriminate against same sex couples. Bigoted people like them shouldn't be allowed near their own kids never mind anyone else's.
The Yallop's argument is that they want an exemption to break the law so that they can discriminate against same sex couples. Bigoted people like them shouldn't be allowed near their own kids never mind anyone else's. Private I
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8:28pm Mon 9 Aug 10

icannotrace says...

Scooby wrote:
Such strong convictions to his faith, but had an affair.. I believe the Ten Commandments specifically prohibits affairs and adultery. Don't remember seeing anything about gay people in it though.. Hypocrites!
Yep this is exactly what crossed my mind when I read this article.
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Foster children are being done a favour by these bigots not been allowed to foster them. I feel sorry for their own kids who will be brought up in this un-christian environment.
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Q the God botherers
[quote][p][bold]Scooby[/bold] wrote: Such strong convictions to his faith, but had an affair.. I believe the Ten Commandments specifically prohibits affairs and adultery. Don't remember seeing anything about gay people in it though.. Hypocrites![/p][/quote]Yep this is exactly what crossed my mind when I read this article. . Foster children are being done a favour by these bigots not been allowed to foster them. I feel sorry for their own kids who will be brought up in this un-christian environment. . Q the God botherers icannotrace
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10:06am Tue 10 Aug 10

useyourhead says...

He is a total hypocrite and was declined appropriately.
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I seriously doubt his children would even think to question why there were two women or two men coming to meet a child.
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Even if they did, he is putting himself forward as a foster parent, so parent, give an age appropriate unbiased explanation.
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does he live in a bubble, hasn't he considered the fact that if approved, the kids who will come to his family may have 'colourful' backgrounds, may talk of sex, drugs, physical abuse, death and all manner of other subjects that will require an open and frank explanation!
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I strongly suspect explaining about same sex relationships will be a walk in the park compared to some of the subjects that will be brought into his bubble. wake up man!
He is a total hypocrite and was declined appropriately. - I seriously doubt his children would even think to question why there were two women or two men coming to meet a child. - Even if they did, he is putting himself forward as a foster parent, so parent, give an age appropriate unbiased explanation. - does he live in a bubble, hasn't he considered the fact that if approved, the kids who will come to his family may have 'colourful' backgrounds, may talk of sex, drugs, physical abuse, death and all manner of other subjects that will require an open and frank explanation! - I strongly suspect explaining about same sex relationships will be a walk in the park compared to some of the subjects that will be brought into his bubble. wake up man! useyourhead
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12:52pm Tue 10 Aug 10

GrumpyofClayton says...

Amazing isn't it...these so called 'Christians'.

What ever happened to 'Love thy neighbour' 'forgiveness' and all the other lovey stuff they are supposed to believe in????

It seems to me the Yallops are the typical brained washed, 'when it suits' brigade, and to say they are being 'discriminated against' when they're clearing discriminating themselves!! HYPOCRITES!!

Hope they don't get kids to foster as they will damage them with their nasty narrow minded ways.

Call yourself Christians??!! Shame on you.
Amazing isn't it...these so called 'Christians'. What ever happened to 'Love thy neighbour' 'forgiveness' and all the other lovey stuff they are supposed to believe in???? It seems to me the Yallops are the typical brained washed, 'when it suits' brigade, and to say they are being 'discriminated against' when they're clearing discriminating themselves!! HYPOCRITES!! Hope they don't get kids to foster as they will damage them with their nasty narrow minded ways. Call yourself Christians??!! Shame on you. GrumpyofClayton
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1:34pm Tue 10 Aug 10

Ken Shuffles says...

I would rather have my Grandchildren looked after by two lesbians than two Greedy Christians who think their Priests are superior to other Human Beings.
I would rather have my Grandchildren looked after by two lesbians than two Greedy Christians who think their Priests are superior to other Human Beings. Ken Shuffles
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1:48pm Tue 10 Aug 10

happycyclist says...

I love Ken Shuffles!
I love Ken Shuffles! happycyclist
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2:47pm Tue 10 Aug 10

Ken Shuffles says...

I love you too Happy!
I love you too Happy! Ken Shuffles
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4:21pm Tue 10 Aug 10

Chris P Bacon says...

Ken Shuffles wrote:
I would rather have my Grandchildren looked after by two lesbians than two Greedy Christians who think their Priests are superior to other Human Beings.
I'd rather have my ollies looked after by two lesbians. I feel I'm on a mission to convert them, me.
[quote][p][bold]Ken Shuffles[/bold] wrote: I would rather have my Grandchildren looked after by two lesbians than two Greedy Christians who think their Priests are superior to other Human Beings.[/p][/quote]I'd rather have my ollies looked after by two lesbians. I feel I'm on a mission to convert them, me. Chris P Bacon
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4:22pm Tue 10 Aug 10

Angelina Buxombotté says...

Surely if this couple are unable to see the hypocrisy of their position they are not fit to foster children who are already confused about whats happening to them. How could they possibly hope to foster any Muslim children or children from other faiths or even children from an atheist background when they put their own selfish needs above the needs of the children they are supposed to be caring for? And surely the fact that he is obviously so much older than his second wife must ring some alarm bells.
Local government policies are arrived at after long consideration by many interested groups who have only the well being of the children at heart, not those wishing to foster.
They do discriminate between those who are considered fit to foster and those who are not. This couple obviously fits into the latter group IMHO.
Surely if this couple are unable to see the hypocrisy of their position they are not fit to foster children who are already confused about whats happening to them. How could they possibly hope to foster any Muslim children or children from other faiths or even children from an atheist background when they put their own selfish needs above the needs of the children they are supposed to be caring for? And surely the fact that he is obviously so much older than his second wife must ring some alarm bells. Local government policies are arrived at after long consideration by many interested groups who have only the well being of the children at heart, not those wishing to foster. They do discriminate between those who are considered fit to foster and those who are not. This couple obviously fits into the latter group IMHO. Angelina Buxombotté
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6:03pm Tue 10 Aug 10

lala1 says...

Obviously the Yallops haven't read the numerous reports which have confirmed that the children of same sex couples are more intelligent and well balanced than the majority of those from heterosexual couples. Isn't it better to have two loving parents of the same gender than to have parents who have little interest in their offspring but are of the 'gender-normal' variety - perhaps like the numerous families we see every day in Blackburn shopping centre - the 'pasty baby' brigade.
Obviously the Yallops haven't read the numerous reports which have confirmed that the children of same sex couples are more intelligent and well balanced than the majority of those from heterosexual couples. Isn't it better to have two loving parents of the same gender than to have parents who have little interest in their offspring but are of the 'gender-normal' variety - perhaps like the numerous families we see every day in Blackburn shopping centre - the 'pasty baby' brigade. lala1
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6:18pm Tue 10 Aug 10

l m h jones says...

thank goodness a local authority has put the interests of children above the bigoted views of these so called christians
thank goodness a local authority has put the interests of children above the bigoted views of these so called christians l m h jones
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6:20pm Tue 10 Aug 10

lala1 says...

the local authority will be aware of the equality bill which gives EQUAL rights to all regardless of race, religion, gender or SEXUALITY. Well done to them.
the local authority will be aware of the equality bill which gives EQUAL rights to all regardless of race, religion, gender or SEXUALITY. Well done to them. lala1
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10:16pm Tue 10 Aug 10

Ian123xyz says...

Unpleasant people who are seeking any loop holes to make life that little bit more unpleasant for people who don't always have an easy time anyway. Hypocrites to boot.
Unpleasant people who are seeking any loop holes to make life that little bit more unpleasant for people who don't always have an easy time anyway. Hypocrites to boot. Ian123xyz
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10:29am Wed 11 Aug 10

Ken Shuffles says...

Children need to be shown and to share Love and Kindness. Children don't really need Parents. What they need is Love and Kindness in abundance just like any other Adult should be getting and sharing. Humans need Love and Kindness even more than Relationships.
Children need to be shown and to share Love and Kindness. Children don't really need Parents. What they need is Love and Kindness in abundance just like any other Adult should be getting and sharing. Humans need Love and Kindness even more than Relationships. Ken Shuffles
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1:44pm Wed 11 Aug 10

Ken Shuffles says...

A LOT of money is given to those involved in the procurement of dis-advantaged Children. Fosterers need freshly made available Children on a continuous basis to benefit from the 200-300 per week a disadvantaged Child can bring in to the Fosterers Home. Every few weeks or months these Chidren are moved on and the Fosterer is then left depending on a replacement which social services feel obliged to provide in order to validate their status and show that they are all busy doing something.

Maybe we are not openly selling these disadvantaged and exploited Children on the Internet as another commodity just yet, but there is plenty of gravy in this business especially if you claim to be Religious about it.

Why not spend this money to keep The Parents and Children Safely together in the first place, I don't understand. Would it not be better to pay A Responsible Child Carer to Live with and emotionally engage with the Disadvantaged family for a few weeks months or even a few years. Surely, People who keep claiming to know all about bringing up Children should offer their wisdom, expertise and services to the disadvantaged living outside of the good, wholesome, parenting system and show them exactly how it is all done, instead of stealing, farming, removing, their Children out to what is essentially, an organised fostering industry where disadvantaged, vulnerable Children are never very far from the exploitation of the religious and the clutches of Priests dressed up as harmless well meaning clowns.
A LOT of money is given to those involved in the procurement of dis-advantaged Children. Fosterers need freshly made available Children on a continuous basis to benefit from the 200-300 per week a disadvantaged Child can bring in to the Fosterers Home. Every few weeks or months these Chidren are moved on and the Fosterer is then left depending on a replacement which social services feel obliged to provide in order to validate their status and show that they are all busy doing something. Maybe we are not openly selling these disadvantaged and exploited Children on the Internet as another commodity just yet, but there is plenty of gravy in this business especially if you claim to be Religious about it. Why not spend this money to keep The Parents and Children Safely together in the first place, I don't understand. Would it not be better to pay A Responsible Child Carer to Live with and emotionally engage with the Disadvantaged family for a few weeks months or even a few years. Surely, People who keep claiming to know all about bringing up Children should offer their wisdom, expertise and services to the disadvantaged living outside of the good, wholesome, parenting system and show them exactly how it is all done, instead of stealing, farming, removing, their Children out to what is essentially, an organised fostering industry where disadvantaged, vulnerable Children are never very far from the exploitation of the religious and the clutches of Priests dressed up as harmless well meaning clowns. Ken Shuffles
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2:17pm Wed 11 Aug 10

Joseph Yossarian says...

What an excellent good news story. A bigoted bunch of homophobes with a superiority complex because of their big imaginary friend are stopped from passing on their stories about talking snakes to impressionable young people.

Well done the authorities.
What an excellent good news story. A bigoted bunch of homophobes with a superiority complex because of their big imaginary friend are stopped from passing on their stories about talking snakes to impressionable young people. Well done the authorities. Joseph Yossarian
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2:25pm Wed 11 Aug 10

Joseph Yossarian says...

Summary of article:

Aldulterous narrow minded former vicar refuses to allow homosexuals into house.

Somehow he's surprised that he's thought of as a bad parent.
Summary of article: Aldulterous narrow minded former vicar refuses to allow homosexuals into house. Somehow he's surprised that he's thought of as a bad parent. Joseph Yossarian
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3:57pm Wed 11 Aug 10

Ken Shuffles says...

I am probably the last person to Big Up! Authority, but Hey Joe, you are quite right to do so and I am with you 1000% I would also add, Well Done to all you Lovers of The Loving Kindness of Authorities!!!
I am probably the last person to Big Up! Authority, but Hey Joe, you are quite right to do so and I am with you 1000% I would also add, Well Done to all you Lovers of The Loving Kindness of Authorities!!! Ken Shuffles
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7:38pm Wed 11 Aug 10

Chris P Bacon says...

Ken Shuffles wrote:
I am probably the last person to Big Up! Authority, but Hey Joe, you are quite right to do so and I am with you 1000% I would also add, Well Done to all you Lovers of The Loving Kindness of Authorities!!!
I am probably the FIRST person to have to rush to the ceramic oasis we keep in the small room of the house to pour forth the contents of my stomach after reading the nauseating mince you come out with on these pages.
[quote][p][bold]Ken Shuffles[/bold] wrote: I am probably the last person to Big Up! Authority, but Hey Joe, you are quite right to do so and I am with you 1000% I would also add, Well Done to all you Lovers of The Loving Kindness of Authorities!!![/p][/quote]I am probably the FIRST person to have to rush to the ceramic oasis we keep in the small room of the house to pour forth the contents of my stomach after reading the nauseating mince you come out with on these pages. Chris P Bacon
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11:17am Thu 12 Aug 10

Ken Shuffles says...

I know what you mean, Too much cris p bacon can make anyone feel nauseus sickazapig.
I know what you mean, Too much cris p bacon can make anyone feel nauseus sickazapig. Ken Shuffles
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3:41pm Mon 16 Aug 10

ladysal says...

Did any of you lot actually read the article?
He has given up this post as a vicar due to his affair.
He has no problems assisting same sex couples with adopting a child he is fostering: he is just worried about the questions he may have to answer from his own children regarding the parentage of the potential adoptees. Not everyone finds the issue of how to handle explaining two mums or two dads to a toddler all that easy.
As for the biblical comments: no, homosexuality is not mentioned in the ten commandments explicitly. One: it would have come under the umbrella of adultery and fornication in that context as there was no question of same sex couples getting married back then. Two: the whole Catholic ethos (which is where you need to look if you want to look at the early church and biblical view of homosexuality) is totally and completely against this (officially). If he was following the bible to the letter his stance would be far more anti and extremely rigid.
Give the guy a break and enough with the heterosexual bashing!
Did any of you lot actually read the article? He has given up this post as a vicar due to his affair. He has no problems assisting same sex couples with adopting a child he is fostering: he is just worried about the questions he may have to answer from his own children regarding the parentage of the potential adoptees. Not everyone finds the issue of how to handle explaining two mums or two dads to a toddler all that easy. As for the biblical comments: no, homosexuality is not mentioned in the ten commandments explicitly. One: it would have come under the umbrella of adultery and fornication in that context as there was no question of same sex couples getting married back then. Two: the whole Catholic ethos (which is where you need to look if you want to look at the early church and biblical view of homosexuality) is totally and completely against this (officially). If he was following the bible to the letter his stance would be far more anti and extremely rigid. Give the guy a break and enough with the heterosexual bashing! ladysal
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