In Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, P is a practising Christian. He was a Non-Executive Director of the Trust and a magistrate sitting on family cases involving adoption decisions. P holds the firm faith-based belief that it is “not normal” for a child to be adopted by a single-parent or a same-sex couple. P took part in media interviews about the Magistracy reprimanding him for publicly expressing his views without informing the Trust, who told P that they must be informed before he contacted the media. P was subsequently removed from the Magistracy and then took part in a BBC interview where he said that he could not see how adoption by a same sex-couple could ever be in the best interests of the child. P’s term as a NED was not renewed. An ET dismissed P’s religious belief discrimination claims and the EAT dismissed P’s appeal. P’s removal as an NED was because of the manner in which he had expressed his beliefs, not ‘because of’ the beliefs themselves, plus he had spoken to the media without informing the Trust, knowing this could adversely affect their involvement with the community.
Removal for expressing faith-based objection to same-sex adoption was not discriminatory
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