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Marriage Foundation: For the second year running, Britain hangs onto the unwelcome top spot for family breakdown across Western Europe.
The Christian Institute: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has backed new non-statutory sex education guidance which encourages children as young as eleven to discuss pornography.
The Christian Institute: An equality watchdog has been warned it will face an avalanche of cases if it wins its civil action against a Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland which refused to decorate a cake with a pro-same-sex marriage slogan.
The Christian Institute: Children at primary schools should not be taught sex education because “many kids just aren’t ready for it”, UKIP has said.
The Christian Institute: A video production company in Ohio has cited religious reasons for turning down a request to film a same-sex ceremony.
The Christian Institute: The Belfast Telegraph has said an equality watchdog’s court action against a Christian-owned bakery is “ill-judged” and lacks “common sense”.
IWF: An IWF study has found 100% of the sexual images and videos observed, which were produced by children (aged 15 and younger), had been taken from their original online location and uploaded to another website.
First comes love, then comes marriage… tying the knot before first baby is a key ingredient for marriage success
Marriage Foundation: In the first ever UK study of its kind, new research from Marriage Foundation, a think tank dedicated to building stronger families, has found that the recipe for relationship success lies in making the decision to commit before starting a family.
BBC News: Children from the age of 11 are to be taught about sexual consent under new government plans.
The Christian Institute: A columnist at The Herald newspaper has praised the institution of marriage following a study by pro-family group the Marriage Foundation.
The Guardian: A plan to to challenge young children’s ideas about gender through play at schools in northern Italy – including with a memory game that contains images of male homemakers and female plumbers – has created a storm of protest, with some politicians saying the effort will confuse children about their sexual identity.
Christian print shop refuses to make same-sex wedding invites; ‘God is our defense,’ says Irish firm
The Christian Post: A printing company based in Ireland has refused to print out invitations for a same-sex couple’s wedding.
Law and Religion UK: The ever-helpful Religion Clause blog reports a recent decision of the High Court of Madras that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 takes precedence over the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act 1937.
Christian Concern: A petition urging Scottish ministers to change the definition of adultery following the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’ has been rejected by MSPs, because there is insufficient time to consider it in this parliamentary term.
Christian Today: The South Korean Constitutional Court decriminalised adultery last week after 62 years of the act being punishable by two years in prison.
U.K. Christian children worker claims she lost her nursery job due to ‘state-sponsored hostility’ to her Biblical views on homosexuality
The Gospel Herald: A Christian children’s worker in London who claimed that she was sacked from her job for expressing her Bible-based views on homosexuality has taken her case to a tribunal in the United Kingdom.
Jurist: The Slovenian Parliament [official website] passed legislation granting same-sex marriage and adoption rights Tuesday amid public opposition from conservative and religious groups.
Christian Legal Centre: An Employment Tribunal in the case of Sarah Mbuyi, a Christian nursery worker who expressed her opinion on marriage, has heard that Christian views on the topic should not be expressed in the workplace.
Law and Religion Australia: For many people in Australia the “battle” over recognition of same sex marriage seems, in popular opinion at least, completely over. Tim Dick in the Sydney Morning Herald on 1 March tells us that the “public argument is won” and we are now just up to the stage of deciding whether or not to allow “latecomers” to join the party. We are often told that those who do not support extending the legal status of “marriage” to unions involving same sex couples are on the “wrong side of history”. Their stance is often characterised as “homophobia”, a word which has in common parlance (despite its etymology) nothing to do with “fear” and everything to do with an irrational hatred of, and desire to harm, homosexual persons.
Religion Clause: By a vote of 7-2 yesterday, South Korea’s Constitutional Court struck down the country’s 1953 law criminalizing adultery.
The Christian Institute: Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld do not want to get married and are calling for civil partnerships – which currently are for homosexual couples only – to be extended.
Christian News Network: Photos of three Thailand men who recently ‘married’ each other have gone viral, garnering societal support for the concept of same-sex “throuples” worldwide, but also generating remarks from Christians about the confirmation of the slippery slope that has long been predicted.
The Tablet: One of Britain’s leading universities is considering removing a window dedicated to Lord Carey, a former archbishop of Canterbury, from its façade because of his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Financial Review: A woman has lost a bid for compensation after she was sacked by a Catholic Church social services organisation for having too many sexual partners.
Religion Clause: In Bunning v Centacare, (FCCA, Feb. 11, 2015), an Australian Federal Circuit Court judge dismissed a sexual orientation discrimination complaint filed against a Catholic social service agency by former employee Susan Bunning.
The Guardian: Voters in the Irish Republic will decide whether to approve same-sex marriage on 22 May after the Taoiseach announced the date for a referendum.
The Christian Institute: Family breakdown is set to cost the taxpayer a staggering £47 billion in 2015, according to new figures released by a leading relationship think tank.
The Christian Institute: An NHS scheme heavily criticised by parents and campaigners for offering contraception to children as young as thirteen is now expanding into West Sussex.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners opposed to the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person scheme have been granted their request for a fast-track appeal, after losing an initial legal challenge last month.
The Christian Institute: Children in all primary and secondary schools should be taught sex education, a committee of MPs has said.
Aleteia: It’s so bad, he says, that the United States has made clear it will not help Nigeria fight the Boko Haram terror group unless the countrymodify its laws regarding homosexuality, family planning and birth-control.
The Sydney Morning Herald: A woman has lost a bid for compensation after she was sacked by a Catholic Church social services organisation for having too many sexual partners.
The Christian Institute: Italy’s highest appeals court has rejected same-sex marriage stating that there is nothing in the constitution to require the Government to redefine marriage.
The Christian Institute: The British Red Cross volunteer axed for opposing the redefinition of marriage has lost his appeal against the decision.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners opposing the Scottish Government’s Named Person plans have announced an appeal after a judge rejected their legal challenge last month.
The Christian Institute: An equality quango has gone “over the top” in taking a Christian-run bakery to court, according to the next Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
ANSA: Italy’s highest appeals court on Monday rejected same-sex marriage, saying there was nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to gays. However, the Cassation Court added that homosexuals have the right to a “protective” law that would ensure same-sex couples have the same rights as unmarried Italian couples. Neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions between same-sex partners are legally recognized in Italy but some cities, including Rome, have a civil union register.
The Christian Institute: Over two thousand people came to hear from Christians who have faced legal action because of their faith at meetings in Northern Ireland.
The Economic Times: A government employee cannot take refuge under Article 25 of the Constitution dealing with right to profess religion, to challenge rule barring polygamy, the Supreme Court held today.
The Christian Institute: The Church of Scotland alongside other faith groups and organisations has called on the Scottish Government to make buying sex illegal.
Jurist: Greece’s new government, led by the left-wing Syriza party [official website, in Greek], vowed Monday to extend legal status to same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos in a speech [AP report] before the Greek parliament [official website] stated that country’s civil partnership laws will be extended to same-sex couples.
ABC News (AP): Greece’s new left-wing government has promised to grant same-sex couples legal status, in response to a 2013 international court decision condemning the country for discrimination.
Christian Concern: Controversial Ofsted guidance which explains how inspectors should question children about same-sex families, transgenderism and how the word “gay” is used has been exposed.
Breitbart: The proposal from the DUP’s Paul Givan MLA, is currently out for consultation and has already been attacked by the left-wing comedian Stephen Fry. There was also a major rally in Belfast against the proposal over the weekend, with many more planned before the “conscience clause” goes before the Stormont Assembly.
The Christian Institute: Daniel McArthur, manager of Ashers, said that fulfilling the order would have involved promoting a cause which goes against their conscientious view that marriage is between a man and a woman.
The Christian Institute: The guidance behind schools’ regulator Ofsted’s ‘inappropriate’ questioning of ten-year-olds about lesbians has been revealed.
Pan AM Post: After nearly four years of legislative battling, the approved bill would give homosexual couples many of the legal rights afforded to married couples.
Jurist: France’s highest court [official website, in French] ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry [press release, in French].
The Irish Times: Sir, – “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”Only two?
The Christian Institute: Parents, pupils and teachers have voiced their strong support for a Christian school which Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has pledged to close.
Life Site News: A Nigerian government official told participants at a workshop on the use of social media organized for religious leaders and youth that the federal government is planning to introduce a law that will ban all porn websites in the country.
The Christian Institute: A Christian organisation has received a public apology after its event was banned from a Government-owned venue because of its traditional marriage beliefs.
Public Discourse: The family is only whole and safe when it is founded on the complementarity of masculine and feminine.
Yahoo News (AP): Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners against plans to impose a Named Person on every child in Scotland are considering an appeal after a judge rejected their arguments about breaches of human rights law.
Time Magazine: Yes, this Friday’s Page 3 Girl may be the last, and that’s — reasonably — good news. The Sun has not confirmed the move but its stablemate the Times of London reported that their mutual proprietor Rupert Murdoch had signed off on the decision to retire the photographs of bare-breasted models from the print edition of the tabloid.
Law and Religion Australia: The recent decision of the US Supreme Court to grant “certiorari” (leave to appeal) in a same sex marriage case has brought the matter back to attention in the US. The topic is one with many connections to law and religion, and I thought it was worthwhile to compare the current state of play in the US with the situation in Australia.
Catholic News Agency: Remarking on Pope Francis’ strong words against the threats which “ideological colonization” poses to the family, the Vatican’s spokesman told journalists Friday that same-sex marriage falls within this category.
The Christian Institute: Jeffrey Dudgeon warned that the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has “twisted” the political discrimination law in the Province.
The Christian Institute: Primary-aged pupils at a leading Christian school faced questions about homosexual practice as they became the latest target of controversial ‘British Values’ rules.
The Christian Institute: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has reiterated his support for same-sex marriage and says he will “campaign strongly” for it ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.
The Christian Institute: A same-sex couple in Northern Ireland have launched a legal challenge to try to redefine marriage in the Province.
The Christian Institute: A local council in Northern Ireland is calling for a taxpayer-funded equality quango to drop its legal case against a Christian-run bakery.
Religion News Service: A Belgian bishop who has been touted as a future leader of that country’s Catholic hierarchy is making waves by urging the church to find ways to recognize same-sex relationships in which “exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other.”
Christian News Network: Two Mennonite ministers in Canada have officiated the denomination’s first same-sex “wedding,” holding the service publicly in a “church” building in Saskatchewan.
Marilyn Stowe: Amendments to the country’s Law on Marriage and Family will take effect on 1 January 2015, replacing the previous rule which forbade marriages between members of the same sex.
The Christian Institute: Most parents are not using internet safety controls to protect their children from being exposed to inappropriate content online, a survey has found.
The Christian Institute: Ed Miliband has apologised to Christians who feel marginalised in society and expressed his belief that churches should not have to carry out same-sex marriages.
The Christian Institute: A Christian printer from Northern Ireland who came under fire for refusing to print a gay magazine is backing proposals for a conscience clause in the Province.
Law and Religion UK: “It is the Government’s view … that in order to make a decision on whether to take forward the specific proposal to permit legally valid marriage ceremonies for those with non-religious beliefs, it is necessary to carefully consider the legal and technical requirements concerning marriage ceremonies and registration and the range of relevant equality issues. To this end the Government will ask the Law Commission if it will begin as soon as possible a broader review of the law concerning marriage ceremonies.” So in brief, the answer is “Er, not just yet”.
The Christian Institute: A judge has today heard further evidence in the case against the controversial Named Person scheme.
The New York Times (AP): Prime Minister Enda Kenny says the legalization of same-sex marriage will be put to a public referendum in May.
Russell Moore on Vatican trip: World’s religious leaders optimistic about their fight against the sexual revolution
The Christian Post: Leaders from most of the world’s major religious groups who gathered at the Vatican last month for a conference on marriage left optimistic that they can win their fight against the forces of the sexual revolution emanating from the West, Dr. Russell Moore said.