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Cameron makes family centrepiece of Conservative vision

The Tory leader David Cameron described the family and community as his “DNA” as he laid out a vision which placed marriage at the centre of social policy for a future Conservative government.

09/10/09
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Christian office worker prosecuting over views on homosexuality

A Christian office worker, who was sacked for posting her personal views on homosexuality on the internet, is suing her former employer for unfair dismissal.

09/10/09
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Unmarried father wins right to be consulted over adoption of his daughter

An unmarried father has been given the right to be consulted by the Adoption Board over the adoption of his eight-year-old daughter after the High Court upheld his appeal to have the original adoption order quashed.

08/10/09
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Tories to end tax individualisation, key frontbencher hints

A key Conservative frontbench spokesperson has said that the Conservative Party remains committed to giving married couples tax breaks if they are elected in next year's election.

08/10/09
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Birmingham child protection services “not fit for purpose”: report

An investigation into child protection services in Birmingham has found that they are “not fit for purpose”.

08/10/09
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New index shows decline in marriage indicators in US

A new marriage index, produced by a group of non-partisan US social scientists has showed that the health of American marriage has slid alarmingly since 1970.

06/10/09
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Protestant schools step up campaign against budget cuts

Protestant church representatives have stepped up their campaign against recent budget cutbacks accusing the Government of discriminating against them through the October cutbacks which target their schools specifically.

06/10/09
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State of Victoria protects religious freedom

The Archbishop of Melbourne. Denis Hart, has welcomed the decision of the Victoria state Government to recognise the need to protect religious freedom in its proposed Equal Opportunity Act.

06/10/09
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New law to enable donor-conceived children to trace siblings

New laws in the UK are set to give children conceived by egg or sperm donation the chance to find their biological siblings once they turn 18.

02/10/09
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Teenage mums to get “supervised homes”, not council homes, says PM

Teenage mothers in UK who apply for State assistance should be placed in a supervised network of homes instead of being given a council home, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has proposed.

01/10/10
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Children removed from parents for being "too fat"

The parents of two children in Scotland taken into care by social workers for being overweight were yesterday said to be devastated after a bid to have them returned home failed.

01/10/10
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Christian couple persecuted for defending faith

The Christian owners of a hotel in Britain are being prosecuted for a crime because they defended their faith and criticised Islam in a debate with a Muslim guest.

29/09/09
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Children of working mothers less healthy: report

The children of mothers who work full time are less healthy than those whose mothers stay at home, according to new research.

29/09/09
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Neglect in creches revealed in investigation

Serious questions have been raised about the standards of childcare in Irish creches and Montessori schools after a report in today's Irish Independent.

29/09/09
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New report wants regulation of IVF industry

Two new reports from the Women’s Health Council (WHC) recommends regulation of the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) industry so as to better protect women’s physical and mental health, and to make the industry more ‘couple-centred’ in its approach.

25/09/09
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‘Compulsory’ cohabitation rules may be open to challenge

The section of the Civil Partnership Bill dealing with cohabitation between heterosexual couples could be open to challenge because it will impose legal responsibilities on such couples without them even realising it.

22/09/09
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European Commission accused over threatened action against Lithuania

The European Commission has been attacked for threatening legal action against a proposed Lithuanian law that, among other things, would ban ‘public information’ aimed at minors and promoting “homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations.”

18/09/09
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Britain must end ‘marriage-penalty’ says major new report

Britain must end the ‘marriage-penalty’ and ‘poverty trap’ that stop couples on welfare living together, and that penalise them for entering the work-force, according to a new report from UK think tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).

17/09/09
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Council bans climate change poster for mentioning Christianity

Camden Council in the UK has banned a poster from its libraries unless it removes the words ‘Christian’ and ‘God’ from the text. The poster was advertising a talk on climate change.

17/09/09
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Children's rights referendum to recommended by key committee

An Oireachtas committee is set to recommend a referendum on the rights of the child.

15/09/09
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