Court of Appeal rules on the legality of Christian requirement by fostering agency – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In this claim for judicial review, the issue was whether it was lawful for the claimant independent fostering agency (Cornerstone) only to accept heterosexual evangelical Christians as potential carers under the Equality Act 2010 (EA 2010) and the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th October 2021

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Human rights lawyers call on UK government to ban ‘conversion therapy’ – The Guardian

‘Leading human rights lawyers and experts have called for swift action to outlaw so-called conversion therapy, which they say is degrading and harmful, and should not be tolerated in a civilised society.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2021

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Independent fostering agency loses appeal over lawfulness of only accepting heterosexual evangelical Christians as potential carers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by an independent fostering agency over whether it is lawful for it only to accept heterosexual evangelical Christians as potential carers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2021

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Conversion therapy delay frustrates campaigners – BBC News

‘A public consultation into a proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy has been delayed by at least a month, until possibly the end of October.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2021

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Blood Donation Rule Changes Ease Discrimination Against Queer Men, but is it Enough? – Each Other

‘Blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men have been relaxed across the UK in a “landmark change”, but are the modifications enough to eradicate discrimination?’

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Each Other, 30th July 2021

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Gay rugby player wins five-year battle against deportation to Kenya – The Guardian

‘A gay rugby player is celebrating after winning a five-year battle against deportation to Kenya, where he feared he would be persecuted because of his sexuality.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2021

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Ex-Hampshire police officer who used racist language found guilty of gross misconduct – The Guardian

‘A former police sergeant who used racist and homophobic language in messages to a fellow officer with whom he was having an affair has been found guilty of gross misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2021

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More gay and bisexual men able to give blood after ‘historic’ rule change – The Independent

‘More gay and bisexual men will be allowed to donate blood, platelets and plasma after “historic” new rules came into effect.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2021

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More gay and bisexual men able to give blood after ‘historic’ rule change – The Independent

‘More gay and bisexual men will be allowed to donate blood, platelets and plasma after “historic” new rules came into effect.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2021

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Perspectives on civil partnerships and marriages in England and Wales: aspects, attitudes and assessments – Family Law

Posted June 14th, 2021 in civil partnerships, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

‘This article considers the developments since the turn of the century in the provision of new options for same sex and opposite sex couples to formalise their unions with full legal recognition. The available statistical information on the take-up of same sex civil partnerships and marriages is analysed and evaluated, and an early estimation made of their dissolutions and divorces. The possible implications of recent trends are considered, and a personal appraisal made of prospects for the immediate future. To a lay person, the sequence of introducing civil partnerships and same-sex marriage in England and Wales has been a curious, if not puzzling, progression, perhaps only really understood by the initial opposition to (same sex) civil partnerships, and in particular that they should not be accorded equivalence to marriage. The whole story[1] is also simultaneously one of developing pressure, firstly for the availability of a legal union for same sex couples, and then for greater freedom of choice, and for equal status. The latter was only achieved for civil partnerships[2] after much effort.’

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Family Law, 11th June 2021

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I suffered faith-based conversion therapy – Boris Johnson’s religious loophole is deeply worrying – The Independent

‘By creating exemptions in legislation to ban conversion therapies, we leave thousands of young people vulnerable to abuse. I can no more cure my sexuality than I can scrub the brown from my skin.’

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The Independent, 28th April 2021

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The Cab Rank Rule – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘In his blog for the Human Rights Hub, Edwin Cameron criticised Ms Dinah Rose QC, the President of Magdalen, for accepting the brief, in the Privy Council, to defend the Cayman Islands government’s law against same-sex marriage. Having long been one of my few judicial heroes, it is not easy for me to disagree with Edwin. However, on this point he is, with the greatest of respect, wrong.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 7th March 2021

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Court of Appeal rejects appeal by ex-magistrate over dismissal for views on adoption by same-sex couple – Local Government Lawyer

‘A magistrate and NHS trust board member who was dismissed over his views – based on his beliefs as a Christian – about the appropriateness of the adoption of a child by a same-sex couple, has lost two cases in the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2021

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Actor loses tribunal claim over loss of Color Purple role after homophobic comments – The Guardian

‘An actor who sued a theatre and her former agents after she was sacked when a Facebook post resurfaced has had her claim for religious discrimination, harassment and breach of contract rejected at an employment tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2021

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Sacked LGBT veterans can reclaim removed medals – BBC News

Posted February 16th, 2021 in armed forces, dismissal, homosexuality, news by sally

‘Ex-military personnel dismissed from the armed forces because of their sexuality can now reclaim lost medals.’

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BBC News, 16th February 2021

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Civil partnership conversion for landmark gay couple – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2020 in civil partnerships, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news, Northern Ireland by sally

‘Chris and Henry Flanagan-Kane were the first gay men in the UK to get a civil partnership back in 2005.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2020

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Killer drug GHB ‘should be reclassified’, says official report – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2020 in bereavement, drug abuse, families, homosexuality, murder, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A drug that was weaponised by the UK’s most prolific rapist and the serial killer Stephen Port should be reclassified, says an official report.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2020

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Four convicted after investigation into homophobic behaviour at West Ham vs Brighton game – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2020 in fines, homosexuality, news, public order, sexual orientation discrimination, sport by tracey

‘West Ham said they have a “zero-tolerance approach” to any kind of discrimination after four men were convicted of public order offences following an investigation into homophobic behaviour at a Premier League game.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2020

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Woman wins UK legal fight over unlawful deportation to Uganda – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2020 in appeals, asylum, deportation, detention, homosexuality, news by sally

‘The Home Office has lost a case in the court of appeal against a 27-year-old lesbian asylum seeker it was found to have unlawfully removed from the UK and was forced to fly back to the UK in the summer of 2019.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2020

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London bus attack couple join campaign to make misogyny a hate crime – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2020 in hate crime, homosexuality, news, reports, threatening behaviour, women by sally

‘A couple who were victims of a violent, homophobic attack on a London bus are calling for misogyny to become a hate crime, as a report reveals that women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence and threats than men.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2020

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