TfL bans Christian groups’ ‘gay cure’ advert from London buses – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2012 in advertising, Christianity, freedom of expression, homosexuality, news by tracey

” An attempt by evangelical Christians to promote ‘gay cure’ therapies on the sides of London buses was banned last night, sparking an angry row over free speech.”

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The Independent, 13th April 2012

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Landmark move towards same-sex marriage a step closer – Home Office

Posted March 16th, 2012 in consultations, homosexuality, marriage by tracey

“Same-sex couples have moved a step closer to the right to marry in a civil ceremony. The Home Office today launched a consultation on how to allow everyone to have a civil marriage.”

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Home Office, 15th March 2012

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Gay marriage: government to begin public consultation – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2012 in consultations, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

“The government is to press ahead with its plans to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry despite criticism from leading figures in the Church of England and the Roman Catholic church.”

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The Guardian, 14th March 2012

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Gay father wins right to be involved in son’s life – The Guardian

“The gay father of a two-year-old boy living with his lesbian mother and her partner has won the right to be involved in his life in a landmark ruling that could have significant implications for ‘alternative families’.”

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The Guardian, 14th March 2012

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Strasbourg rules on anti-gay speech for the first time – UK Human Rights Blog

“‘Will both teacher and pupils simply become the next victims of the tyranny of tolerance, heretics, whose dissent from state-imposed orthodoxy must be crushed at all costs?’, asked Cardinal O’Brien in his controversial Telegraph article on gay-marriage. He was suggesting that changing the law to allow gay marriage would affect education as it would preclude a teacher from telling pupils that marriage can only mean a heterosexual union. He later insinuated that the change might lead to students being given material such as an ‘explicit manual of homosexual advocacy entitled The Little Black Book: Queer in the 21st Century.'”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th March 2012

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Gay actor and City high-flier fight over separation payout – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2012 in civil partnerships, divorce, homosexuality, news by tracey

“Lawyers for Peter Lawrence told the Court of Appeal that his former civil partner, Donald Gallagher, an actor, was not entitled to a £1.7 million payout because they had ‘dual careers’. The case is one of the first times that a court has adjudicated in a civil partnership separation involving two parties who had very different levels of wealth.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2012

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No 10 sides with gay couples over full marriage – The Independent

“Gay couples will finally win the right to marry, Downing Street insisted last night, despite an escalating campaign of opposition led by a former Archbishop of Canterbury and some Conservative MPs.”

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The Independent, 21st February 2012

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Analysis | Court of Appeal upholds hotel gay discrimination ruling – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 20th, 2012 in homosexuality, hotels, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“On 10th February 2012, the Court of Appeal upheld a Judge’s ruling that a Christian couple, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, had discriminated against Martin Hall and Steven Preddy on grounds of sexual orientation when they refused them a double-bedded room at their hotel near Penzance.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th February 2012

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Is it legal to teach gay hate in schools? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 20th, 2012 in education, equality, homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Following the news recently it would seem that the UK is convulsed by a raging battle between religious observers and, in the words of Baroness Warsi, militant secularists. On the same day, the High Court ruled that Christian prayers held before a council meeting were unlawful, and the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court that two Christian hotel owners had discriminated against gay clients by not offering them a double room.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th February 2012

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Speak no evil: the limits of freedom of speech – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 13th, 2012 in freedom of expression, homosexuality, news, threatening behaviour by sally

“The limits of free speech and freedom of religion are presently on trial once again with the reported prosecution of a Christian street preacher, Michael Overd, in the Magistrates’ Court. The case arises out of threatening remarks Mr Overd allegedly made in public to a homosexual couple.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th February 2012

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Michael Overd cleared of verbally abusing gay men in Taunton – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2012 in homosexuality, news, threatening behaviour by sally

“A Christian preacher accused of verbally abusing two gay men during a sermon has been cleared in court.”

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BBC News, 10th February 2012

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Christian hoteliers appeal against ruling on gay couple sharing a room – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2011 in appeals, homosexuality, hotels, news, sexual orientation discrimination by tracey

“Devout Christian hotel owners who refused to allow a gay couple to share a double room have insisted at the appeal court that they should have been allowed to impose the ban.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2011

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First football club signs sports charter – Home Office

Posted October 28th, 2011 in homosexuality, press releases, sexual orientation discrimination, sport by tracey

“Last night, Wycombe Wanderers became the first football club to sign the Charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport.”

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Home Office, 26th October 2011

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Gay marriage on the way… but not quite yet – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 10th, 2011 in homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

“In his Conservative Party Conference speech the Prime Minister David Cameron signalled his strong support for the legalisation of gay marriage.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th October 2011

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Unfairly judged: gay lawyers say judiciary still plagued by homophobia – The Guardian

“Recent research shows 70% believe there is prejudice within the selection process for judicial appointments.”

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The Guardian, 6th October 2011

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Government to consider options for equal civil marriage for same-sex couples – Home Office

Posted September 30th, 2011 in consultations, homosexuality, marriage, press releases by tracey

“A public consultation to consider how to make civil marriage available to same-sex couples will begin in March 2012, the government announced today.”

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Home Office, 26th September 2011

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Man who threatened to kill gay rights campaigner gets suspended sentence – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2011 in homosexuality, news, sentencing, threatening behaviour by tracey

“A man who threatened to ‘put a bullet in the head’ of the gay rights campaigner Ben Summerskill and a gay couple illegally barred from a hotel has been given a suspended prison sentence.”

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The Guardian, 8th September 2011

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Gay blood donations ban likely to be lifted – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2011 in blood products, HIV, homosexuality, news by sally

“The lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men is expected to be lifted in the UK.”

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BBC News, 8th September 2011

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Tycoon comes out – to face UK’s most expensive divorce payout – The Independent

Posted September 5th, 2011 in divorce, homosexuality, news by sally

“A top hedge fund manager is facing one of the most expensive divorce settlements in British legal history after telling his wife he is gay.”

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The Independent, 5th September 2011

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Muslim fanatic fined £100 for ‘gay free zone’ stickers – Daily Telegraph

“A Muslim fanatic who posted homophobic stickers declaring London’s East End a ‘gay free zone’ has been fined £100.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2011

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