4 March 2011
Starkey 5mins Gay historian David Starkey has leapt to the defence of the Christian couple whose application to become foster parents was refused because of their anti-gay beliefs.
Speaking on BBC’s Question Time, Starkey said: “I am gay, and I am an Atheist, but I have profound doubts about this case.”
He said that his mother was a Christian, who had opposed his homosexuality, but that her “hatred and opposition made me what I am. Being nice and sweet about gays isn’t wholly a good thing.”
Starkey also said that he thought Christian hoteliers should have the right to turn away gay couples, and that he was concerned that these recent cases suggested an intolerant and oppressive “new tyranny.”
A High Court ruling last week prevented Derbyshire foster carers Eunice and Owen Johns from continuing to foster, on the grounds that their faith prevented them from condoning homosexuality.