Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2023 in Church of England, clergy, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

‘The Church of England has rejected demands to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages but is proposing that couples who married in a civil ceremony may have their union blessed in church.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2023

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Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – BBC News

‘Church of England bishops have refused to back a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples, sources have told BBC News. The Church of England’s bishops met on Tuesday to finalise their recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the Church’s position on sexuality.
Their proposal will be debated at the Church’s equivalent of a parliament – the General Synod – next month.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2023

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Sex education: Wales’ curriculum legal challenge launched – BBC News

‘Campaigners have taken the Welsh government to court over sex education lessons they claim give prominence to LGBTQ+ themes.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2022

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A History Of HIV And Human Rights In The UK – Each Other

‘Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that affects and weakens the immune system. It was first identified in the 1980s, despite it having existed for decades by then. Over the past 40 years, UK society has seen significant developments for those living with HIV. In this timeline, we take a look back over those developments and how they relate to human rights.’

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Each Other, 25th September 2022

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Judge to consider trans charity’s appeal to strip LGB Alliance of legal status – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2022 in appeals, charities, Charity Commission, gender, homosexuality, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘A judge will consider an appeal by the trans rights charity Mermaids on Friday against the Charity Commission’s decision to award charitable status to the new gay rights organisation LGB Alliance. It is understood to be the first time one charity has attempted to strip legal status from another.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2022

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Research Briefing: Commonwealth and Human Rights Research Briefing Published Tuesday, 30 August, 2022 – House of Commons Library

‘Describes the Commonwealth’s work on human rights and the issues it seeks to address, such as the economic empowerment of women and preventing modern slavery.’

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House of Commons Library , 30th August 2022

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Stephen Port: murder victims’ families say Met ‘insensitive’ to make settlements public – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police have been accused of “insensitivity” over their announcement that they have settled compensation claims with relatives of some of the victims murdered by the serial killer Stephen Port.’

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The Guardian, 30th August 2022

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Employment, freedom of speech and Evangelical views on sexuality: Walters – Law & Religion UK

‘In Rev Keith Walters v The Active Learning Trust Ltd & Anor [2022] UKET 3324619/2019 the claimant, the minister of an independent Evangelical congregation, supported himself by working as full-time caretaker at the Isle of Ely Primary School [34]. When the dispute arose, the parties agreed that Mr Walters believed that his role as a minister took precedence over his employment and that there might be times when he would need to be released from school to fulfil his ministerial duties such as funerals [37]. The Trust, however, disputed his contention that it had been agreed that, so long as he was present at the start and end of the day, there was no issue with how he spent his time and, further, that he reserved his right to be “unequivocal in publicly stating the Christian doctrine on various issues, some of which may be unpopular” [38]. The ET accepted that there was an agreement to be flexible but did not accept that Mr Walters was either free to do what he wanted during work time or had carte blanche to make public statements against the school’s policies [39]. Further, he had agreed to the Trust’s policies and procedures, including the staff Code of Conduct [40 & 41].’

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Law & Religion UK, 29th August 2022

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Stephen Port murders: Families of victims receive Met pay-out – BBC News

‘The families of three men murdered by Stephen Port have received payments from the Met Police over its “investigatory failings”.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2022

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IVF Access To Widen After Discrimination Case – Each Other

‘Lesbians, bi women and some trans people will no longer have to pay more for IVF treatment after a landmark discrimination case. Lesbian couple Megan and Whitney Bacon-Evans launched a legal case showing that NHS England’s IVF policy discriminated against same-sex couples. Unlike heterosexual couples, some LGBTQ couples and single women have had to pay for artificial insemination to prove their fertility status before they can receive NHS help for IVF.’

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Each Other, 9th August 2022

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No-Fault Divorce: A Step Forward for the LGBTQ Community – Family Law

‘The introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 on 6 April 2022, bringing in the long-awaited “no-fault divorce”, is considered to be one of the most significant reforms of family law in many years. Although not widely commented on, it also potentially signifies an important step for the LGBTQ community.’

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Family Law, 21st July 2022

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First openly gay judge to lead LGBT veterans probe – BBC News

‘Britain’s first openly gay senior judge will lead a review into the impact of a historical ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2022

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Rwanda plan challenged over alleged failure to identify risks for LGBTQ+ refugees – The Guardian

‘Priti Patel’s plan to send refugees on a one-way ticket to Rwanda is being legally challenged over the government’s alleged failure to identify risks facing vulnerable groups such as LGBTQ+ people.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2022

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Unequal Protection for LGBT+ Victims of Domestic Abuse – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Almost a decade ago, on 16 July 2012, Mr C was killed by his boyfriend, Mr Y. Pursuant to the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, local authorities conducted a review into the circumstances of C’s death. According to the Review, Mr C had been assaulted over a period of months and probably years. He had seen multiple health professionals in the last years of his life, none of whom had picked up on the signs of abuse or asked about it.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 27th April 2022

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Stephen Port victims’ families ‘sceptical’ of police reforms – The Independent

‘A lawyer representing the victims of Stephen Port has said they remain sceptical about proposed policing reforms to how unexplained deaths are reported.’

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The Independent, 21st April 2022

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Death classifications expanded after serial killer inquests – BBC News

‘The national police approach to investigating unexplained deaths is to be reformed following the inquests for victims of serial killer Stephen Port.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2022

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‘Conversion therapy’: Ban to go-ahead but not cover trans people – BBC News

‘The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales – but not for transgender people.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2022

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Catholic church bans visit by gay author to London school – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2022 in Christianity, education, equality, homosexuality, news by tracey

‘The Catholic church has banned a visit to a London school by a gay author and removed a number of governors who supported the event, in a move that has drawn comparisons to the notorious 1980s section 28 ban on “promoting homosexuality”.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2022

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Being gay as a judge “no longer an issue”, says CA vice-president – Legal Futures

Posted March 3rd, 2022 in barristers, homosexuality, judges, judiciary, news by sally

‘Being a judge who “happens to be gay” has “completely disappeared as an issue”, the vice-president of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2022

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Three found guilty of murdering Cardiff doctor in homophobic attack – The Guardian

‘A 17-year-old girl and two men have been found guilty of the sadistic homophobic murder of a consultant psychiatrist in a city centre park.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2022

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