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UN: Teach five-year-olds about masturbation

Parents' groups have reacted with disbelief after a leading UN organisation came out in favour of teaching children about masturbation.

27/08/09
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Same-sex Bill threatens religious freedom, says Cardinal Brady

Government proposals to grant same-sex couples marriage-like rights constitute "an alarming attack on the fundamental principle of freedom of religion and conscience", according to the Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady.

25/08/09
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Receptionist takes legal action against school over disciplinary action

A primary school receptionist in the UK is taking legal action against her employers after they disciplined her for asking friends to pray about the school’s treatment of her daughter.

25/08/09
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Tax Commission wants Child Benefit taxed - report

The Commission on Taxation in a upcoming report may recommend taxing Child Benefit payments according to The Irish Independent. However, it says a tax credit should be given to lower-income families to compensate them for this.

21/08/09
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Date set to hear appeal against California's Proposition 8

A date has been set to hear a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker set January 11, 2010 as the date for the hearing.

21/08/09
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Queensland set to recognise both same-sex "parents" on birth certs

The Australian state of Queensland is proposing a new law that would recognise both same-sex partners as parents on the birth certs of children over whom they have custody.

20/08/09
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Petition against child benefit cuts gets 11,000 signatures

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition against changing the child benefit allowance, according to the Irish Times.

20/08/09
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Police threaten to arrest preacher for reading Bible

Police have threatened to arrest a street preacher in the UK for reading passages from the Bible in public that relate to homosexuality. Lawyers acting for Miguel Hayworth, 29, have demanded an explanation over the alleged intimidation and abuse of power by three officers.

18/08/09
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No room for conscientious objection on abortion, says Spanish minister

Spanish pro-life groups have slammed the country’s Minister of Justice, Francisco Caamano, who said Thursday that “there is no room for conscientious objection” when it comes to abortion.

18/08/09
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New laws on family will lead to new attitudes, bishop warns

New laws regarding marriage and the family will “inevitably change the perceptions and attitudes of people”, a leading Irish bishop has warned.

18/08/09
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Italian High Court: Cohabitation and marriage are equal

Italy's highest court has ruled that there is no legal difference between a cohabiting couple and a married couple.

14/08/09
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Swedish Government set to ban homeschooling

The Swedish Government is set to effectively ban homeschooling. In a draft of its new legislation on the issue, it says that "there is no need for the law to offer the possibility of homeschooling because of religious or philosophical reasons in the family."

13/08/09
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Single income married couples will lose out if Government taxes Child Benefit

Married couples on a single-income are set to be penalised under Government plans to tax child benefit of simply cutting the amount of payment.

13/08/09
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Faith should not be privatised, says PM

Britain remains a Christian country and believers should not privatise their faith, Gordon Brown has told a Christian radio station.

11/08/09
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First ‘saviour sibling’ twins created

A couple in the UK have used IVF to create the first ‘saviour sibling’ twins who will be used to help treat an older son’s blood illness, a practice widely condemned as ‘end justifies the means’ morality.

11/08/09
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Childcare providers seek more funds from the State

Childcare providers throughout the State are looking for more money from the State, an Irish Independent report has revealed.

11/08/09
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World Congress of Families offices attacked

Vandals have attacked the Amsterdam offices of EuroCongress, the professional conference organizer for World Congress of Families (WCF), due to start next week.

06/08/09
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Number of same-sex civil partnerships in UK falls again

Government statistics show the number of civil partnerships being formed in the UK continues to fall significantly.

06/08/09
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Married couples lose out in UK tax system: report

Married couples living together in the UK are suffering under the tax and benefit system which favours parents who have separated, a new report has revealed.

04/08/09
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Early childcare payment to go directly to childcare providers, not parents

The Government is to axe a €1000-per-year childcare payment to parents with children under the age of five. The payment, which parents were free to use at their discretion, will now be given instead to directly to childcare providers.

04/08/09
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"The child...shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents."

Article 7. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.