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BuzzFeed: On Nov. 16, El Espectador published a story reporting on a leaked draft of the court’s ruling, written by Luis Guillermo Guerrero, a conservative judge who took over from liberal Juan Carlos Henao in 2012. To their relief, it suggested the court was preparing to rule in their favor. The fact that a judge with Guerrero’s conservative reputation is planning to endorse a ruling in favor of LGBT family rights came as an encouraging surprise to LGBT rights advocates. But they won’t see it as a total win if the ruling is issued as El Espectador reports
BBC: Family-friendly filters to help parents protect their children from seeing pornographic images on the internet have been welcomed by David Cameron.
Religion Clause Blog: Haaretz and Failed Messiah report that in Israel, the Supreme Rabbinical Court on Sunday denied an appeal from an Oct. 29 decision of the Netanya Rabbinical Court (see Jewish Press, Nov. 7) imposing a fine of NIS 500 ($140 US) per day on a woman who is refusing to have her one-year old son circumcised.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: On 1 December, a referendum will be held in the Republic of Croatia, giving the citizens the opportunity to decide whether an amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman will be added to the country’s constitution.
Christian Institute: But the Prime Minister has rejected the call from Faculty of Public Health President Professor John Ashton, saying there are “no plans to change” the current age of 16.
Christian Concern: The campaign reported that many of the 55 per cent are being deterred from adopting due to “myths about who can adopt” and that “many religiously-active people are held back from adopting because they often wrongly believe their faith will prevent them being approved.”
Christian Institute: The Scottish Parliament will be ignoring public opinion if it votes for gay marriage tonight, an MSP has .
Scotsman: The historic vote means same-sex marriage could be legalised in Scotland by March 2014, if the bill passes two more parliamentary stages and receives Royal Assent, as is now expected.
LifeSiteNews: A German judge who ordered the forced removal of the children of a homeschooling family in August has blocked the parents’ request to let the family emigrate to another European country where homeschooling is legal, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
CNSNews: Although the U.S. State Department recently singled out Russia by name to criticize its law prohibiting homosexual propaganda aimed at youth, the same State Department refused to comment on Saudi Arabia where homosexual conduct is punishable by death.
Irish Independent: The survey suggests 76% of the electorate would vote in favour of allowing gay couples to legally wed in Ireland. Less than a fifth (18%) of likely voters were opposed to its introduction with 6% saying they didn’t yet know whether to back it or not, according to the RedC poll for Paddy Power.
AP: Croatia moved Friday to hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages, but critics say the vote is discriminatory and gay rights groups are challenging its wording as biased and unconstitutional.
European Court of Human Rights press release: The applicants complain that this Law provides for civil unions only for different-sex couples, thus automatically excluding same-sex couples from its scope of application. They complain that the Greek State introduced a discriminatory distinction in their regard.
Law & Religion UK Blog: The new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, today gave a press conference at which he announced that he intends to launch a consultation on whether or not veils may be worn in court. The Guardian quoted him as telling reporters that . . .
Catholic Culture: The Irish government plans a nationwide referendum on legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote will be scheduled early in 2015.
Christian Institute: The new godless Girlguide promise is “divisive and hurtful” and should be scrapped, Churches in Northern Ireland have said. Meanwhile a Church of England vicar in Newcastle has said the Girlguides sponsored at his church will continue to use the old promise.
The Guardian: Chief justice says states will be interested whether the Commonwealth has sole powers to regulate marriage
Haaretz: There are three bills on Knesset members’ desks that aim to extend the eligibility for civil unions beyond couples who claim to have no religion. Two of them are egalitarian proposals, giving the civil union option to any interested couple: the civil union bill initiated by Yesh Atid, and the proposal the Justice Ministry issued Sunday called the “Joint Living Law.” A third proposal would allow civil unions only for gays, while other voices within the coalition and outside it would specifically exclude same-sex couples from eligibility for civil unions. These last two approaches are unacceptable
AP: A Dutch children’s rights organization warned Monday of an epidemic of minors being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and urged police around the world to crack down on the practice.
Christian Institute: The Northern Ireland Health minister has lost a bid to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex adoption in Northern Ireland. The Supreme Court rejected Edwin Poots’ application to appeal the case, saying it did not raise an arguable point of law.
Malta Independent: Prospective heterosexual parents who were anxiously awaiting their adoptive children to arrive to their new Maltese homes from Russia were shocked when they were informed that all adoptions from Russia have been put on hold pending the Maltese Parliament’s decision to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’.
How marriage DOES benefit your wealth, health and children… by think tank that used to say it didn’t matter
Daily Mail: Married couples enjoy far greater wealth and health than those who cohabit, an influential think-tank revealed yesterday . . . a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.
Christian Institute: Conflicting reports have emerged about whether a Church of England commission is about to recommend services of blessing for same-sex couples. The Church says no formal decision has yet been taken, but sources within the Church say the commission’s recommendation is expected later this year.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Only a couple of weeks ago I reported in the Friday Fax how the sexual left wants nations to undermine parental authority in order to treat children as autonomous holders of sexual rights. It looks as though they have made inroads with the UN’s religious freedom expert.
Catholic Culture: Ireland’s deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore had indicated that he anticipates a nationwide referendum on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Robert Oscar Lopez at Public Discourse: Underground movements in England and France are beginning to counter the global LGBT ideology that has entrenched itself in the governments of First-World nations.
LifeSiteNews: A group of thirty-four Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have written a strongly worded letter to the British government calling for a halt to the creation of so-called “three-parent” embryos in IVF labs.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Instead, the single issue of what he and his political masters in Brussels believe to be a “human rights policy” is the promotion of sexual immorality under the guise of concepts such as “diversity”, tolerance”, or “fighting against homophobia”.
Robert Oscar Lopez at Public Discourse: While US conservatives are distracted by internal debates, the wealthy and powerful international movement for LGBT rights is aggressively targeting nations that are poorer and less powerful.
LifeSiteNews: The Health Minister of Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, is under fire this week, accused of “wasting” public funds for asking the UK Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that will allow homosexual partners to adopt children.
Christian Institute: David Cameron turned down a gay magazine’s award ceremony because he knows his push to redefine marriage is unpopular, a columnist has said.
AP: The Vatican has quashed hopes that there might be some wiggle room on one of its longstanding rules about the indissolubility of marriage.
AP: Provincial lawmakers for the territory that includes Australia’s capital voted Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage, a first for the country, but the federal government says it will try to stop gay weddings from happening.
9News: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says people around the country will be watching as the territory considers historic legislation to legalise gay marriage.
Christian Institute: A 16-year-old boy has been allowed to wear girl’s clothes and make up at a school in Lanarkshire, despite his mother’s opposition. Thelma McLean feels Calderside Academy in Blantyre is afraid to act, and thinks her view on the issue has been ignored. She said: “I really believe this is a phase and I cannot accept it – I just want my son back.
Christian Institute: Emails from over 4,000 opponents of the Bill were blocked from getting through to the consultation process by the Scottish Government’s computer system. A top lawyer says a flawed consultation could be unlawful, and a court could order the legislative process to start again.
Real Clear World: Undercover reporters filming a documentary about the prevalence of forced and underage marriage in Britain for the television program ITV Exposure secretly recorded 18 Muslim imams agreeing to perform an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, between a 14-year-old girl and an older man.
Sosogay.co.uk: “A Finnish woman has today taken her fight to get her marriage recognised following her gender reassignment to the European Court of Human Rights.”
Independent: The proportion of babies born to married couples has reached a new low, making up just over half the total number of births last year.
Gay Star News: Openly lesbian Australian Labor Party senator Penny Wong has been re-elected to lead her party in the Senate while in Opposition following a leadership contest for the party between two supporters of same-sex marriage.
UPI: A French court overturned an earlier ruling Friday that denied marriage between a gay Moroccan man and his French partner, citing contradictions in the law.
Bloomberg: The Australian government will mount a High Court challenge against a bid to legalize same-sex marriage in a territory that encompasses the capital Canberra, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
C-FAM: Late Friday night, the last day of the final meeting in a series of UN conferences, African officials rejected attempts by UN and sexual rights activists to promote homosexuality and abortion.
LifeSiteNews: The European Parliament approved a report–Gendercide: the missing women?–that condemns practices that destroy the lives of women and girls, including sex selection abortion and infanticide.
AP: Argentina’s government has granted a female identification card to a 6-year-old boy who has been dressing like a girl since age 4.
Dr. Gerard M. Nadal at LifeSiteNews: Four hospitals that have specialty centers for mutilating children! If that sounds surprising, it really shouldn’t be. It is the natural result of abandoning the idea that there is such a thing as natural moral law, objective truth, and clear limits to human behavior. It is the result of the American academy being filled to overflowing with radical professors who profess such nonsense in order to sell their perversions as serious scholarly work.
Christian Concern: Education watchdog OFSTED has reported that pupils are leaving school with a “very limited understanding” of Christianity due to a dip in teaching standards of Religious Education.
The Independent: The number of same-sex couples ending their civil unions leapt by 20 per cent last year, seven years after their introduction in 2005. Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were female couples, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
Independent.ie: Ms Teehan previously gave birth to a baby girl in 2007 and was ruled ineligible for a home birth as the HSE does not cover home births where women have had prior caesarean sections.
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada | Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse
Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse: A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.
Yorkshire Post: CAMPAIGNERS are calling for renewed action over forced marriages after Muslim clerics were apparently recorded by undercover reporters agreeing to conduct marriage ceremonies involving girls as young as 14.
Maggie Gallagher at National Review: Using Canadian census data, a very large and therefore representative database, Canadian professor Douglas Allen of Simon Frazier University finds that children raised by intact, married biological parents do better than children raised by same-sex couples. From the abstract, yes, published in a peer-reviewed journal . . .
Christian Concern: Only 1.1 per cent of Britons describe themselves as homosexual, and a further 0.4 per cent as bisexual, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
Christian Institute: If marriage is redefined in Scotland, legalising polygamy could be next, a senior MSP has said. Labour’s Elaine Smith raised concerns about the proposals, saying there is “no logical reason” to discriminate against a relationship of three or more people if “love” is the driving force behind the legislation.
Rebecca Oas at C-FAM: Most countries in Asia and Africa object to homosexuality. Globally, 80 countries have sodomy laws. Less than 20 recognize same-sex couples, and only 14 allow persons of the same sex to marry.
allAfrica.com: Polygamy and polyandry in our modern society have elicited varied reactions and perceptions. The practice of polygamy was common and widely accepted in ancient society, where society was governed by customary law. Modern society has opted for civil marriages in the codified statutes, and religious marriages. However, there are parties who still opt to conduct customary law marriages.
Tory Councillors believe redefining marriage will cost votes, conservative association memberships down
Christian Institute: Close to two thirds of Tory councillors believe redefining marriage will be a vote loser at the next election, a new poll shows. And reports from local Conservative associations show a rapid decline in membership, with gay marriage seen as one of the reasons.
Christian Institute: Parents should have the right to remove their children from school lessons about gay marriage, MSPs have heard. Michael Calwell, of the Family Education Trust, made the call during an evidence session in front of the Equal Opportunities Committee which is looking into plans to redefine marriage in Scotland.
AP: Serbia’s prime minister says a gay pride march scheduled in Belgrade on Saturday has been banned because of threats by right-wing groups against the participants.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Russians are considering an increase to the divorce tax by some 7500% (from $13-$941 US)according to Forbes.com’s tax girl Kelly Phillips-Erb. The plan could render 19 billion rubles ($595 million US).
AP: The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia’s law banning gay propaganda, saying it doesn’t violate the Olympic charter’s anti-discrimination clause, and pronounced Russia ready to host the 2014 Winter Games.
The Guardian: The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has asked for legal advice to see “precisely how far the ACT can go” with its new bill to legalise same sex marriage.
LifeSiteNews: Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s children were returned to them after a court hearing today, three weeks to the day after their four children were seized during a police raid. The Wunderlich children were returned after the parents promised they would send their children back to a state school.
Catholic Online: To our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed families through the Mystery of Marriage at Cana of Galilee and changed water into wine, that is, into joy and feasting, and to His Body, the Orthodox Church, the partnering of the same sex is unknown and condemned, and they condemn the contemporary invention of “mutual cohabitation”, which is the result of sin and not the law of joy.
Kathyrn Jean Lopez of NRO at Fox News: Not everything in the world is about sex and politics. That message may take the New York Times a few more homilies and interviews with Pope Francis to understand. The Catholic Church – or at least those preachers and teachers who are outspoken on matters concerning human sexuality, especially when catechetical discussions are turned into clashes in the public square for political or cultural reasons – is often accused of being obsessed with sex. But the obsession might just be the media’s.
Wall Street Journal (Japan): The bottom line: Although there’s little overt discrimination — legislated or popular — against “sexual minorities,” as Japanese officialdom terms them, there’s also little support for recognizing or legalizing unions between same-sex couples.
BuzzFeed: The struggle over LGBT rights in Peru has taken an ugly personal turn, with the leader of the country’s Catholic Church accusing a popular politician of pushing for civil union legislation in order to “justify his [sexual] orientation.” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, leader of Peru’s Catholic church, slammed Congressman Carlos Bruce’s decision to introduce the legislation on Thursday, along with other members of his legislative bloc.
Christian Institute: The UK Supreme Court is set to consider a case that could force gay adoption on Northern Ireland – even though most of the public are opposed.
Wall Street Journal: The Thai government plans to introduce a landmark civil-partnership bill that will extend most marriage benefits to same-sex couples, a move that would put Thailand at the forefront of the gay-rights movement in most of the Asian-Pacific region.
AP: Putin on Thursday maintained that the law bans only “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” He argued that it is “no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities” and insisted that European laws allowing gay marriage contribute to population declines.