Church faces legal challenge after blocking job offer to married gay priest – The Guardian

‘The first priest to marry his same-sex partner is to issue a legal challenge to the Church of England after his offer of a job as an NHS chaplain was withdrawn when his bishop refused the necessary permission.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2014

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MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] EWCA Civ 1112; [2014] WLR (D) 355

‘The effect of section 4 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, which required that a subsisting marriage be annulled prior to the issue of a full gender recognition certificate, and thus to being treated as a woman for pension purposes, did not contravene the principle of equal treatment and was accordingly not discriminatory.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

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Transgender person’s claim for female state pension rejected by appeal court – The Guardian

‘A transgender person’s claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60 has been rejected by the appeal court.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2014

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Cary v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Cary v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 987; [2014] WLR (D) 320

‘The Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the procedure for the appointment of assessors in discrimination cases under the Equality Act 2010.’

WLR Daily, 17th July 2014

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Passport official suspended over ‘interrogation’ of gay applicant – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has suspended a passport official and ordered a disciplinary investigation after the employee subjected a gay father-of-two to a lengthy interrogation about his sexual history and the details of his adoptions in front of the man’s four-year-old son.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2014

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Religion, The Rule of Law and Discrimination – Speech by Sir Terence Etherton

‘Speech by Sir Terence Etherton: Religion, The Rule of Law and Discrimination – 2014 Gray’s Inn Reading at Barnard’s Inn.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 26th June 2014

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Caterers who refuse to work on same-sex weddings face prosecution – Daily Telegraph

‘Chauffeurs, photographers and caterers could have to pay thousands of pounds in damages if they refuse to provide services to a same-sex wedding.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2014

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Christian guesthouse owners go to Strasbourg over ‘discrimination’ case – Daily Telegraph

‘A Christian couple who were told it was illegal to turn unmarried couples away from their guesthouse have launched a landmark legal case at the European Court of Human Rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th March 2014

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Judicial Review Concessions, Gay Olympic Controversy, and Defamation in Europe – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last week, the Justice Secretary published the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. The implications of his revised proposals for judicial review reform are considered in this week’s roundup, along with controversy over gay rights at the Winter Olympics and recent trends in defamation cases before the Court of Human Rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th February 2014

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Gay discrimination and Christian beliefs – Bull v Hall in the Supreme Court – Legal Week

‘The recent confirmation by the Supreme Court that it was unlawful discrimination for Christian hotel owners to refuse a double-bedded room to a same-sex couple was of considerable interest as the latest in a string of high-profile cases involving religious belief and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (and the first such judgment involving the highest court in the land).’

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Legal Week, 12th December 2013

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Gay discrimination and Christian belief: Analysis of Bull v. Hall in the Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The recent confirmation by the Supreme Court that it was unlawful discrimination for Christian hotel owners to refuse a double-bedded room to a same-sex couple was of considerable interest as the latest in a string of high-profile cases involving religious belief and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (and the first such judgment involving the highest court in the land). We have already provided a summary of the facts and judgment here, and our post on the Court of Appeal ruling can be found here.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th December 2013

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Bull and another (Appellants) v Hall and another (Respondents) On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) (England and Wales) – Supreme Court

Bull and another (Appellants) v Hall and another (Respondents) [2013] UKSC 73 | UKSC 2012/0065 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 27th November 2013

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Preddy v Bull and another; Hall v Same – WLR Daily

Preddy v Bull and another; Hall v Same: [2013] UKSC 73;   [2013] WLR (D)  454

‘The refusal of hoteliers, who believed that sex outside marriage was sinful, to provide a same sex couple who were in a civil partnership with a double-bedded room because they were not married constituted unlawful discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. The limitation on the hoteliers’ right to manifest their religion was justified as a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aim of protecting the rights and freedoms of others.’

WLR Daily, 27th November 2013

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Gay snub Cornish B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal – BBC News

‘The owners of a Christian guesthouse who were ordered to pay damages for turning away a gay couple have lost their UK Supreme Court fight.”

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BBC News, 27th November 2013

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Lesbian couple ‘refused IVF’ take legal action – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2013 in assisted reproduction, hospitals, news, sexual orientation discrimination by tracey

“A lesbian couple who claim they were turned down for fertility treatment because of their sexuality are taking legal action against the NHS.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2013

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Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel v X, Y (Hoog Commissariaat van de Verenigde Naties voor de Vluchtelingen intervening); Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel (Joined Cases C-199/12 to C-201/12) – WLR Daily

Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel v X, Y (Hoog Commissariaat van de Verenigde Naties voor de Vluchtelingen intervening); Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel (Joined Cases C-199/12 to C-201/12);  [2013] WLR (D)  427

“The existence of criminal laws which specifically targeted homosexuals, supported the finding that those persons had to be regarded as forming a ‘particular social group’ within the meaning of Council Directive 2004/83/EC. A term of imprisonment which sanctioned homosexual acts and which was actually applied in the country of origin which adopted such legislation had to be regarded as being a punishment which was disproportionate or discriminatory and thus constituted an act of persecution. When assessing an application for refugee status, the competent authorities could not reasonably expect, in order to avoid the risk of persecution, the applicant for asylum to conceal his homosexuality in his country of origin or to exercise reserve in the expression of his sexual orientation.”

WLR Daily, 7th November 2013

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Christian owners of Chymorvah Hotel who refused to allow gay couple to stay in double room take legal fight to Supreme Court – The Independent

“The Christian owners of a guesthouse who refused to allow a gay couple to stay in a double-bedded room have said they want to avoid a ‘collision’ between two different lifestyles as they prepare to take their case to the Supreme Court.”

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The Independent, 8th October 2013

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Prisoners who have sex in jail face separation, commission finds – The Guardian

“Prisoners who have consensual sex while inside jail face being separated and possibly disciplined, prison governors have told the first review of sex behind bars in England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 9th September 2013

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Football hooligans face ban from World Cup and Euros under CPS guidelines – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have today (23 August 2013) published a joint policy for dealing with violence, disorder, criminal damage and abuse in and around football matches this season.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd August 2013

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Second Christian B&B case headed for the Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

“Black and Morgan v. Wilkinson [2013] EWCA Civ 820. The Court of Appeal recently dismissed an appeal by a Christian bed and breakfast owner, upholding the decision that she unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to provide them with a double bedroom. However, the Master of the Rolls (head of the civil justice system) Lord Dyson expressed doubt about whether the previous binding decision of the Court of Appeal in the very similar case of Hall and Preddy v. Bull and Bull [2012] EWCA Civ 83, was correct, and the Court granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd July 2013

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