Social work, controversial views and fitness to practise: Ngole – Law & Religion UK

‘Felix Ngole, a second-year Master’s student on a social work course at Sheffield University, had been excluded from the course by the Faculty of Social Sciences Fitness to Practise [“FTP”] Committee after comments he posted on Facebook about his personal opposition to same-sex marriage. Before the Administrative Court, he argued that fitness to practise was a matter for the professional social work bodies rather than for the University. In R (Ngole) v University of Sheffield [2017] EWHC 2669 (Admin), however, Rowena Collins Rice, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, rejected his claim.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd November 2017

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Judge backs University of Sheffield in homosexuality comments row – BBC News

‘A university’s decision to expel a student for posting a comment online saying homosexuality was a sin was lawful, a court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2017

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Lesbian couple kicked and stamped on repeatedly in ‘disgusting’ homophobic attack – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2017 in assault, hate crime, homosexuality, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who stamped on the heads of two women in a vicious homophobic street attack has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2017

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Inns of Court accused of not doing enough to combat homophobia as research uncovers discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Many LGBT+ barristers believe the Inns of Court are not doing enough to combat homophobia at the Bar, according to a ground-breaking study which suggested that “homophobia is stronger at the Bar than in the general population”.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2017

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Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in appeals, asylum, homosexuality, human rights, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Christian magistrate in gay adoption row set for legal battle with 0NHS bosses – Daily Telegraph

‘A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for speaking out against adoption by same-sex parents will this week sue NHS bosses claiming political correctness can prevent Christians holding public posts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Why UK law still caters to the norms of public disgust towards homosexuality – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2017 in crime, homosexuality, legislation, news, reports by tracey

‘We tend to assume that law is objective and disembodied, but the story of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK shows that it is in fact, like the people who create it, an emotional creature: animated by visceral human feelings – and as far as sexuality is concerned, the chief emotion at work is often disgust.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2017

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I’m an LGBT rights lawyer, and these are some of the strangest cases I’ve had to fight in court – The Independent

Posted July 26th, 2017 in divorce, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news, surrogacy, transsexuals by sally

‘If you are a same sex married couple you cannot get divorced on the grounds of adultery, because ‘adultery’ in UK law still takes a biblical definition meaning a man and a woman. One of my clients couldn’t divorce her husband because he’d been cheating with a man, so it didn’t count as ‘adultery’. Another ran into serious problems with surrogacy.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2017

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Man wins equal pension rights for husband at supreme court – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2017 in homosexuality, married persons, news, pensions by sally

‘A gay former cavalry officer has won a legal battle to provide his husband with equal pension rights in a landmark discrimination case at the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2017

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High Court to rule on Christian student declared unfit to practice as a social worker because of ‘traditional’ views on homosexuality – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in Christianity, homosexuality, judicial review, news, social services by sally

‘The High Court will rule on whether Christians who express “traditional” views on homosexuality can be barred from gaining professional qualifications after a social work student won the right to challenge his expulsion.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

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Decriminalising homosexuality: An apology at last – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2017 in homosexuality, news, pardons, sexual offences by sally

‘It has been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised private homosexual acts between men aged over 21 in England and Wales, in 1967.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2017

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Man who shouted homophobic abuse at dog walkers gets tougher sentence – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who shouted homophobic abuse at a walker to scare him off Barnes Common and assaulted another man has been sentenced to an 18-month community order.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th April 2017

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Gay man takes fight for equal pension rights for his husband to Supreme Court – Daily Telegraph

‘A gay man fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy if he was in a heterosexual relationship takes his case to the UK’s highest court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2017

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UK deports 100 immigrants on ‘secretive’ charter flight, including bisexual man facing persecution in Nigeria – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in asylum, deportation, homosexuality, injunctions, news by tracey

‘The British Government deported up to 100 people to Nigeria and Ghana last night, including at least one bisexual man who activists say will be persecuted in his home country.’

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The Independent, 2nd February 2017

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Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of long-abolished sexual offences are posthumously pardoned – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2017 in homosexuality, news, pardons, sexual offences by tracey

‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences have been posthumously pardoned.
Dubbed the “Alan Turing law”, it will in effect act as an apology to those convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2017

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Magistrate disciplined after refusing to hear same-sex parenting case – Daily Telegraph

‘A magistrate who refused to sit on a same-sex parenting case has been given a formal warning for misconduct.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2017

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Why you can’t legally commit adultery if you have a gay or lesbian affair – The Independent

Posted January 20th, 2017 in homosexuality, married persons, news by sally

‘If you cheat on your partner with someone of the same sex, it’s not considered adultery – even if you’re in a same-sex marriage.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2017

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Hackathon app “will help LGBT people report persecution safely” – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2016 in computer programs, harassment, hate crime, homosexuality, internet, law firms, news, victims by sally

Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people around the world will be able to report incidents of persecution to international lawyers stealthily through everyday social media, after a hackathon backed by some of the largest UK law firms devised an app.

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2016

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Hospital chaplain loses same-sex wedding discrimination appeal – The Guardian

‘A Church of England hospital chaplain has lost his claim that he was discriminated against when his licence to work was withdrawn after he married his same-sex partner, in a case that gay rights campaigners hoped would force the church to change its stance.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2016

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Stephen Port: Serial killer guilty of murdering four men – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2016 in drug offences, homosexuality, murder, news, poisoning, rape, recidivists by tracey

‘A serial killer has been found guilty of murdering four young men by poisoning them with lethal doses of a date rape drug.
Stephen Port, 41, lured his victims to his London flat and secretly gave them GHB, the Old Bailey heard. Scotland Yard believes there could be more victims and is reviewing 58 deaths in London spanning four years involving the drug.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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