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Christian registrar loses case for wrongful dismissal

Lillian Ladele, the Christian registrar who was told to preside over same-sex civil partnerships or face dismissal, has lost her case for religious discrimination at the Court of Appeal. However, she is to appeal the decision again.

17/12/09
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Germany to imprison fathers for taking children out of sex-ed classes

German authorities have sentenced eight fathers to prison for refusing to send their children to mandatory sexual education classes.

15/12/09
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UK Christians "marginalised" by equality and diversity laws, new report says

Christians in the UK are being marginalised by a raft of equality and diversity laws which mean they are the first to be punished and the last to be protected, according to a new report.

15/12/09
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Nearly a third of teenage girls pressured to have sex: report

Nearly a third (31 per cent) of teenage girls and eight per cent of boys have come under pressure to have sex before they are ready, according to new research carried out by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA).

15/12/09
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Government sets aside €3 million for children's rights referendum

The Government has announced that it has set aside €3 million to hold a Children’s Rights Referendum next year.

15/12/09
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Church may have to employ women priests under new law, English bishops warn

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have said they could be at risk of prosecution under proposed equality legislation unless they accept women, sexually active gays and transsexuals as candidates to the priesthood.

11/12/09
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Maintenance payment to cohabiting ex-wife “unjust”, ex-husband says

A former husband has asked whether it is just for him to continue paying his former wife €137,500 per annum given the fact that she is now cohabiting with her new boyfriend.

11/12/09
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UK Minister "manoeuvring" against marriage, says senior cleric

A prominent Church of England bishop has accused a senior Labour Cabinet Minister of “manoeuvring” to undermine support for marriage.

10/12/09
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Iona Institute welcomes sperm donor ruling

The Iona Institute has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Court earlier today to allow a man who donated his sperm to a couple - enabling one of them to have a baby boy - to have access to the child.

10/12/09
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Northern Ireland court rules in favour of conscience rights

The Northern Ireland High Court has ordered the recall of health guidelines which would have potentially undermined doctors’ rights to conscientiously object to assisting in abortions.

10/12/09
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Lone parenthood linked to disadvantages for children says major new report

A major new Government-backed study of childhood has found that children living in single parent households experience significant disadvantages compared to those living in two parent families.

08/12/09
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Fine Gael's Flanagan favours gay adoption

Fine Gael's spokesman on Justice, Charlie Flanagan, has said that same-sex adoption should be legalised as part of the Government's Civil Partnership Bill.

08/12/09
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Canadian pastor released from gag order

A Canadian pastor who was prevented from ever again saying anything in public about homosexuality after he wrote a letter to a local paper describing the gay rights agenda as ‘wicked’, has been exonerated by an Alberta court.

Justice Earl C. Wilson overturned a 2008 ruling by the Alberta Human Rights Commission that a letter by Stephen Boissoin in the Red Deer Advocate in 2002 expressing his views on homosexuality was likely to expose homosexuals to hatred or contempt.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission had ordered Boissoin to desist from expressing his views on homosexuality in any sort of public forum, commanded him to pay damages equivalent to $7,000 to complainant and gay rights activist Dr. Darren Lund, and called for Boissoin to personally apologise to Lund via a public statement in the local newspaper.

"The language does not go so far as to fall within the prohibited status of 'hate' or 'contempt,'" Wilson wrote in his decision. He said there was nothing in the letter to suggest it was encouraging anyone to discriminate against homosexuals in areas that lie within provincial jurisdiction and are set out in the statutes, such as housing, employment, or access to goods and services.

"The letter's target audience are people that (Boissoin) believes are apathetic to the inroads made by the 'homosexual machine,'" Judge Wilson said.

"Inferring some sort of call for discriminatory practices prohibited by provincial law is an unreasonable interpretation of the letter's message."

In his letter Mr. Boissoin called into question new homosexual-rights curricula permeating the province's educational system, in light of the ‘physical, psychological and moral dangers’ of homosexuality.

"Children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights," wrote Boissoin in the letter.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), a free-speech advocacy group and intervener in the case, issued a news release saying it was pleased with yesterday's ruling but also cautioned that the legislation which was used against Mr. Boissoin is still in force.

"I am pleased that the Human Rights Panel Order against Reverend Boissoin has been overturned," stated John Carpay, lawyer and Executive Director of the CCF.

"Unfortunately, the law that was used against Reverend Boissoin to subject him to expensive and stressful legal proceedings for more than seven years, is still on the books," added Carpay.

"In spite of today's court ruling, Albertans need to continue to exercise extreme caution when speaking about public policy issues, lest they offend someone who then files a human rights complaint. No citizen is safe from being subjected to a taxpayer-funded prosecution for having spoken or written something that a fellow citizen finds offensive," Carpay concluded.

Boissoin said that he was "overjoyed and relieved" that the decision had gone in his favor, but that he also "felt a bit of righteous anger because for seven and a half years of my life I've been dragged through the mud over a community debate that existed in Red Deer, Alberta, which ended up going global because of one complaint."

"However," Mr. Boissoin added, "that one complaint gave me a soap box to share the Gospel and to share what my letter really meant, instead of how it's been misinterpreted, and given me the chance to speak to many, many homosexuals about the incredible love of God."

Comparing his experience with the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal to the Court of Queen's Bench hearing, Mr. Boissoin said, "Compared to the HRT which was a hopeless and ridiculous situation where I had no chance at all, when I left the Court of Queen's Bench (the appeal hearing took place on September 16 & 17) it was very hard to tell which way Judge Wilson would go, but it did seem to me that he had a very strong sense of freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression."

Boissoin was strongly critical of the HRT proceedings, observing that at one point a question was directed to the defense's sole expert witness by the government appointed lawyer, who asked, "What is the difference between this (Boissoin's) letter and Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf?"

Judge Wilson's comments on that question were very strong. "The damning innuendo is obvious," Wilson wrote in his ruling, adding, "On the other hand, if a parallel could be fairly drawn it should be noted that, far from being restrained, Mein Kampf is available at the Calgary Public Library."

08/12/09

New laws on AHR must put children first: Iona

Any new plans to regulate the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) industry must put the needs of children first, the Iona Institute has said.

08/12/09
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Civil Partnership Bill debated in Dail

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has introduced the Government's Civil Partnership Bill, saying that what it gives "is profound and is positive".

04/12/09
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Broad support in FF for conscience opt-out

Broad support exists among Fianna Fáil TDs for a conscience opt-out in the Civil Partnership Bill, which was introduced in the Dáil yesterday, according to reports.

04/12/09
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Minister to discuss Civil Partnership Bill with FF Senators, TDs,

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern will speak to Fianna Fail TDs and Senators concerned about the Civil Partnership Bill before it is introduced to the Dáil later today.

03/12/09
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New York Senate votes against same-sex marriage

Senators in the US state of New York have voted against legalising same-sex marriage.

03/12/09
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Women turned into “wage slaves” says feminist pioneer

Women have been turned into wage slaves by feminism, Fay Weldon, one of the pioneers of women’s rights has said.

01/12/09
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Nuclear family no longer the norm UK campaigner says

It will soon become normal for children to be raised by relations other than their parents, the head of a UK Government-funded parenting group has predicted.

01/12/09
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