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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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Full guidelines

Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd August 2013

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Gay marriage: freedom of speech and conscience – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“At the beginning of 2013 11 countries allowed gay marriage to be performed. By the middle of the year that number had increased to 15 with more to come. Some states in the US and Mexico also allow gay marriages to take place and some jurisdictions recognise same-sex marriages conducted elsewhere but do not perform them. While civil partnerships were introduced throughout the UK in 2004, England and Wales and Scotland look likely to be the next jurisdictions to allow same-sex marriage. The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2012-13 to 2013-14 regarding England and Wales is already in the House of Lords and the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill has just been introduced. Northern Ireland, by contrast, looks set to stick solely with civil partnerships (and will recognise the other jurisdictions same-sex marriages as such).”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th July 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Lady Hale gives the Alison Weatherfield Memorial Lecture at the Employment Lawyers Association – Supreme Court

Lady Hale gives the Alison Weatherfield Memorial Lecture at the Employment Lawyers Association (PDF)

Supreme Court, 10th July 2013

Source: www.supremecourt.gov.uk

Black and another v Wilkinson – WLR Daily

Posted July 12th, 2013 in appeals, hotels, law reports, sexual orientation discrimination by tracey

Black and another v Wilkinson: [2013] EWCA Civ 820;   [2013] WLR (D)  270

“The defendant, who ran a bed and breakfast business from her home, unlawfully discriminated against the claimant homosexual partners by refusing, on the basis of her religious beliefs, to provide them with the double bedroom one of them had booked, contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.”

WLR Daily, 9th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

B&B owner who turned away gay couple loses appeal – The Guardian

“The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast has lost her appeal against a ruling that she unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple when she refused to let them stay in a double room.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sacking GP from government drugs advisor post for ‘anti-gay’ views was lawful – UK Human Rights Blog

“Dr Hans-Christian Raabe lost his judicial review challenge to the revocation of his appointment as the GP member of the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). His appointment was revoked less than a month after he had accepted an offer to join the ACMD, as a result of certain views about homosexuality expressed in a paper he had co-written in Canada some 6 years earlier.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th June 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

The truth about gay marriage: legally there is nothing to be gained – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The law pertaining to same-sex relationships has come a long way. Until the Sexual Offences Act 1967, homosexual relationships were illegal. Until the Civil Partnership Act 2004, there was no way of formalising a homosexual relationship. The debate has now moved to the more intricate matters surrounding the nature of that formalisation, with many people now campaigning for a law which would allow gay marriage.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th June 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Asociaţia ACCEPT v Consiliul Naţional pentru Combaterea Discriminǎrii – WLR Daily

Asociaţia ACCEPT v Consiliul Naţional pentru Combaterea Discriminǎrii (Case C-81/12); [2013] WLR (D) 153

“Homophobic statements made by a person perceived as playing a leading role in a football club but who did not have legal capacity to bind it in recruitment matters were capable of constituting ‘facts from which it may be presumed that there has been … discrimination’ pursuant to articles 2(2) and 10(1) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (OJ 2000 L303, p16).”

WLR Daily, 25th April 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

‘Gay? Prove it then – have you read any Oscar Wilde?’: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers inappropriate questions – The Independent

“Have you ever read Oscar Wilde? Do you use sex toys? Why have you not attended a Pride march? These are just some of the questions that have been asked of lesbian asylum seekers in what one academic says shows shocking levels of ignorance and prejudice among tribunal judges.”

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The Independent, 4th April 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Christian B&B owners sued over refusing gay guests can now turn away homosexual couples – The Independent

“A Christian couple who broke equality laws when they refused to let a gay couple stay in a double room in their bed and breakfast will now be able to legally turn away homosexual couples after becoming a not-for-profit organisation.”

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The Independent, 22nd March 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court challenge over banned ‘ex-gay’ bus advert – BBC News

“A ban on a bus advert claiming gay people can be “cured” is to be challenged in the High Court.”

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BBC News, 28th February 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Heterosexual couples challenge ‘discriminatory’ civil partnerships bar – Daily Telegraph

“Laws restricting civil partnerships to gay couples discriminate against heterosexuals, four straight couples are to argue in a landmark challenge at the European Court of Human Rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Dittrich – WLR Daily

Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Dittrich (Joined Cases C-124/11, C-125/11 and C-143/11); [2012] WLR (D) 370

“On the proper interpretation of article 3(1)(c) and 3(3) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation, assistance granted to public servants in the event of illness fell within the scope of the Directive if it was the responsibility of the state, as a public employer, to finance it, that being a matter for the national court to determine.”

WLR Daily, 6th December 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk