|In 2014, Richard Page, who has expertise both as a member of the Family Panel and as a foster parent, was presiding over an adoption case with two other magistrates. The child involved would either be adopted by a same-sex or heterosexual couple.
Social services sweepingly provided a report claiming that children up for adoption do better with same-sex couples than they do with heterosexual parents. Richard found the report to be inadequate and was concerned about how politicised the application had become. Furthermore, he discovered that one of the prospective same-sex couple’s applications to become a foster parent had been rejected in the past and he wanted to know more.
In response to the evidence before him, during a closed-door discussion with the two other magistrates, Richard expressed his concerns and view that a child up for adoption actually would do better with a mother and a father. In Richard’s own words, the other two magistrates in reaction went “ballistic.”