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Former magistrate sacked for views on gay adoption plans legal action

Richard Page was sacked from two jobs but says he has faced discrimination Photo: ITV Meridian

A former magistrate from Kent, who was sacked from two jobs for his views on gay adoption, says he is planning legal action against his former employers.

Richard Page lost his job as a magistrate in Sevenoaks and Maidstone for saying he thought it was "better if a man and a woman were parents" at an adoption hearing for a same sex couple.

As a magistrate my legal requirement was to do what was best for the child. And to me one man one woman is normal.

– Richard Page

In March, he was then fired from his position as an NHS financial director in Kent.

As an organisation we take equality and diversity very seriously.

We came to the decision that Mr. Page's comments could potentially impact on the confidence of patients and for that reason we suspended him.

– Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Mr. Page says he is being discriminated against because of his Christian beliefs.

He has announced that he will take legal action against the NHS trust and against the Secretary of State for Justice, on the ground of religious discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

You can watch a full report from Sarah Saunders by clicking on the link below.