Rotherham Labour Councillors will reaffirm their support for same-sex foster parents at today’s council meeting. Council Leader Chris Read and Cllr Jayne Elliot will present a motion confirming people’s right to equal treatment before the law when applying to become a foster parent, irrespective of their background, sexuality, ethnic origin, marital status or other protected characteristic.
The motion recognises the invaluable role foster families play in caring for, nurturing, and loving children who cannot be with their biological families. It states that Rotherham Council owes a debt of gratitude to those 171 foster carers – including three same-sex families – currently caring for 190 children.
Labour Leader of Rotherham Council Cllr Chris Read has said:
“Every child deserves the best start in life, which is why we need more local foster families for our children. We welcome applications to become foster parents from people of all backgrounds, regardless of their sexuality, gender, age, ethnicity, or religion.”
Labour’s motion comes after recent remarks made by UKIP Cllr Brian Cutts, who stated in March that gay people should not be allowed to foster or adopt children. Labour Councillors will also wear rainbow lanyards in the council chamber today in a show of solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
You can read the full text of our motion at today’s council meeting online here.