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BBC: “A Barnsley couple has threatened the government with legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage.”
A communication from the Executive Director of Comunidad y Justicia in Chile: “After many months we were able to overturn a decision made by our Health Department regarding the distribution of the plan-B pill to minors under 14 years of age without any notification to parents.”
BBC: “Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has refused to approve a controversial bill to toughen punishments for homosexuals.”
The Times of Israel: “Several dozen surrogate babies born, or about to be born, in Thailand — through the arrangements of Israeli couples — are unable to come to Israel because the Interior Ministry has not granted Israeli citizenship to the infants, according to an advocacy group formed around the issue.”
Washington Times: “Responding to a question from an Olympics volunteer during a visit in the Black Sea resort city, Putin vowed that gays face no discrimination in Russia and could feel ‘at ease.’ But he emphasized that because of the new Russian law, they cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone under age.”
Ria Novosti: “Russia has mounted a diplomatic offensive against ‘gay propaganda,’ accusing the EU in a new report of trying to promote an ‘alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life.’”
Wall Street Journal: “A Myanmar politician said this week that he was preparing to seek legal limits on interfaith and interethnic marriage, specifically targeting Chinese and Muslim minority groups and underscoring how ethnic and religious tensions still run deep in the Southeast Asian country.”
Politico: “Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned a new law in Nigeria prohibiting same-sex marriages, calling it a ‘dangerous’ restriction on freedom.”
Charisma News: In a joint amicus brief filed Dec. 19, 2013, regarding Romeike v. Holder, Alliance Defending Freedom and the German home-school organization Schuzh pointed out that Germany is violating international human rights standards and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case because of its bearing on human rights issues around the world. (Read the amicus brief online.)
Haaretz: The adviser, attorney Rabbi Shimon Yaakobi, is asking the High Court of Justice to reject the petition of the mother – who petitioned the High Court after the rabbinical court ordered her to pay 500 shekels a day ($143) until she agrees to have her son circumcised - and to cancel the interim injunction postponing the implementation of the Supreme Rabbinical Court ruling.
Inquistr: The Romeike family deportation case is awaiting a hearing in the US Supreme Court. A friend-of-the-court brief was recently filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom group. The organization is a support group for German homeschooling families. Attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom office in Vienna, Austria drafted the legal document in support of the Romeike family’s request for a review of the deportation order issued by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
BBC: A Church of Scotland minister who said being gay was a disorder and perversion has been removed from a chaplaincy role at the Gaelic School in Glasgow.
The Christian Institute: Parents who believe in traditional marriage are being sidelined by draft sex education guidance, Scotland for Marriage has warned. The pro-marriage group said under the proposals, teaching about marriage will be downgraded in sex education.
LifeSiteNews: In his last public address of 2013, Ecuador’s left wing president, Rafael Correa criticized gender ideology, calling it “absurd” and “very dangerous.” “That natural men and women don’t exist, that biological sex does not determine man or woman, but ‘social conditions’ do, and that one has a right to choose if one is a man or a woman. Please! Come on! This won’t live up even to a minor analysis!” exclaimed the president.
TimesofIndia: Premarital sex is “immoral” and against the “tenets of every religion”, a Delhi court has said while holding that every act of sexual intercourse between two adults on the promise of marriage does not become rape.
AP: In Iran, free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns.
Christian Institute: The Children’s Commissioner for England believes parents should be banned from smacking their children.
The Hill: Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is calling on Uganda’s president to veto an anti-gay bill that would impose a life sentence for committing “aggravated homosexuality.”
Alliance Defending Freedom and a legal support group for German homeschooling families submitted a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday that asks the court to reinstate asylum for a persecuted German family.
Christian Institute: MSPs considering a Bill to redefine marriage have voted down protections for public sector workers, charities and people considering adoption. Scotland for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage, said warnings about the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill were being ignored.
Israel’s Supreme Court Issues Temporary Stay Of Rabbinical Court’s Order Requiring Boy’s Circumcision
Religion Clause Blog: As previously reported, last month Israel’s Supreme Rabbinical Court upheld a lower court’s $140 per day fine imposed on a woman who is refusing to have her one-year old son circumcised.
AP: India’s government asked the Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.
AP: Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality,” drawing criticism from rights campaigners who called it draconian and unnecessary in a country where homosexuality has long been criminalized.
Buzz Feed: The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday it is contributing $100,000 to the Russia Freedom Fund, an initiative created to support of the LGBT movement’s fight against discrimination and anti-LGBT laws in the country.
The Guardian: The definition of family has changed in recent years, now co-parenting is rewriting it completely. These mothers and fathers have relationships based on legal agreements and counselling rather than dates, romance and sex. But they all have one thing in common: the desire to have a child
LifeSiteNews: An Italian high court has dismissed the sentence in a case of pedophilia on the grounds that there was “romance” involved between the 60 year-old social services worker and the 11 year-old girl in his care.
Media And Politicians Want To Impose Same-sex “marriage” – But Citizens Fight Back. The Case Of Estonia
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The controversial “Lunacek-Report” was rubberstamped in yesterday’s session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and will probably be voted in one of the Parliament’s plenary sessions in January. The support of Socialists, Communists, and Greens for this radical paper is not really surprising (after all these groups are known to have embraced same-sex “marriage”, homosexual adoption, etc. as part of their social agenda) – but with regard to the Conservative and Christian Democrat members of the committee one is tempted to wonder whether they have really understood what they have raised their hands for. The experience with the Estrela-Report should have taught them to be more watchful.
AP: President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is – and isn’t – sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
Christian Institute: Several prominent MSPs could lose their seats over their support for same-sex marriage, a campaign group has warned. In ten constituencies, the number of people who are against gay marriage is greater than the MSPs’ respective majorities, according to a list produced by Scotland for Marriage.
Evangelical Financial Council of Canada Report: Last week the EFC delivered its proposal for reform to Canada’s prostitution laws to the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety. Read the report and the EFC’s recommendations in Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada – Putting an End to Demand.
Edge on the Net (AP): Bachelet has long supported same-sex marriage and abortion in cases of rape or risk to a woman’s health, but hardly mentioned them during her first presidential race. She spoke out for both this campaign.
LifeSiteNews: On the heels of last week’s Indian Supreme Court decision that upheld the country’s laws against any form of “unnatural sex,” which has been interpreted as including sodomy, bestiality, rape and sexual abuse of children, the government is reportedly considering working to repeal the law.
Christian Post: Kids need dads, according to a neurobiological study published this month in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The absence of fathers during childhood may lead to impaired behavioral and social abilities, and brain defects, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, found.
Religion Clause Blog: In Commonwealth of Australia v. Australian Capital Territory, (Australia High Ct., Dec. 12, 2013), Australia’s highest court invalidated the Australian Capital Territory’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 as inconsistent with federal law. As summarized by the High Court’s press release . . .
Christian Institute: The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, who has rushed through the Royal Assent for the Same Sex Marriage Bill, claims this historic departure from centuries of tradition is merely “another step in the evolution of marriage”.
“EU Directive Requires Companies To Give Same Benefits to Civil Partners Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Unavailable” | Religion Clause Blog
Religion Clause Blog: In Hay v. Crédit agricole mutuel de Charente-Maritime et des Deux-Sèvres, (Eur. Ct. Jus. 5th Chamber, Dec. 12, 2013), the 5th Chamber of the European Court of Justice . . . Art Leonard Observations has analysis of the decision. [Thanks to Alliance Alert for the lead.]
The Independent (includes video): The sperm’s tail acts like a tiny outboard motor inside a metal nanotube; the resulting biobot could be used to deliver drugs and guide sperm to the egg
Art Leonard Observations: Responding to a request from a French court for an interpretation of European law, the 5th Chamber of the European Court of Justice ruled today, December 12, that an employee of a French bank who requested leave and a marriage bonus under the employer’s policy on the occasion of his entering into a pact civil (the French equivalent of a civil union) with his same-sex partner in 2007 had suffered direct discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the employer’s denial of the benefit under Article 2(2) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC, which implements the obligation for Member States to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in employment. The unanimous decision in Hay v. Credit agricole, Case C-267/12 . . .
The Telegraph: Baroness Warsi has raised concerns over whether legal provisions to protect churches from being sued for opting out of gay marriage are strong enough
AP: President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil.
LifeSiteNews: As the Mexican senate debates the creation of homosexual “marriage,” the country’s media are trumpeting a survey that claims to show shows that the majority Mexicans are in favor of legalizing such unions. However, Juan Dabdoub, president of Mexico’s Confamilia (Mexican Family Council), told LifeSiteNews.com that the statistics are “an elegant way of telling lies.” The survey “omits any reference to the structure of the sample,” he told us.
One News Now: Attorney Benjamin Bull is executive director of Alliance Defending Freedom Global. “When given the same choice the Supreme Court of the United States had in Lawrence vs. Texas, the Indian Court did the right thing,” says Bull, which was choose to “protect society at large rather than give in to a vocal minority of homosexual advocates.”
Knox News (AP): The United States expressed concern about the Indian Supreme Court decision, although it wasn’t immediately clear if Washington had directly raised the issue with Indian government officials. “We oppose all actions that criminalize consensual sex conducts between adults,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington. “We call on all governments to advance equality for LGBT individuals around the world.”But the court ruling was welcomed by a conservative U.S. legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom. “The India Supreme Court has ruled in the interest of the health of its society rather than the interests of activist groups trying to use the court to do their bidding,” said the group’s chief counsel, Benjamin Bull.
AP: Less than two weeks after Croatians voted to ban gay marriage, their government has proposed granting same-sex couples new legal rights.
Yahoo News (AFP): The United States has voiced concern about a ruling by India’s Supreme Court which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex which could see same-sex lovers imprisoned.
India Supreme Court refuses to engage in judicial activism in landmark decision | Alliance Defending Freedom
“Societies that uphold natural law are enduring societies, and protecting laws that best allow a society to prosper is the best protection of human dignity. The India Supreme Court has ruled in the interest of the health of its society rather than the interests of activist groups trying to use the court to do their bidding. We commend the court for declining their invitation to engage in judicial activism.”
BBC: Australia’s High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Christian Institute: A senior High Court judge has defended his view that couples should ‘seriously consider’ marriage if they are to have children. In a piece for the Daily Mail, Sir Paul Coleridge said “Far from being old-fashioned, marriage is an engine for social progress, the most effective structure ever invented for nurturing children and building social solidarity.”
AP: But Australia’s first gay marriages could be short lived, with the High Court to rule Thursday on a federal government challenge to the validity of the Australian Capital Territory law.
YNetNews: In Mexico, President Peres stresses support of same-sex couples’ right to wed, start families while enjoying same rights as heterosexuals. Meanwhile, two bills attempting to legalize same-sex marriages make their way through Knesset
Moscow Times: A court in Arkhangelsk has found two LGBT activists guilty of promoting “non-traditional” relationships to minors and fined each of them 4,000 rubles ($120).
UPI: The decision by the Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint by gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alexeyev, who said the St. Petersburg city council acted unconstitutionally when it passed an ordinance banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors.
Christian Institute: The Methodist Church is consulting its 250,000-plus members on whether it should “revise” its understanding of marriage in light of the new gay marriage law.
AP: A bill that would decriminalize prostitutes and fine their customers passed France’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday by a wide margin.
LA Times: Despite fierce opposition from conservative and religious lawmakers, Israel’s parliament is considering legislation to grant gay couples equality in tax benefits.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A recent study found that 78% of transgender people in Ireland have considered suicide, and news sources are using this finding to call attention to Ireland’s lack of a law recognizing gender identity. As the Irish Times points out . . .
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Once again we see that the case for same-sex “marriage” cannot survive in a free and frank discussion. The first objective of the homosexual agitprop is always to curtail public debate and to silence their opponents, be it by gagging orders or, as we have seen in some other cases, through physical violence.
Telegraph: Sir Paul Coleridge, the High Court judge who set up the Marriage Foundation, discloses he decided to step down from the bench because of opposition to his stance on marriage.
Christian Institute: A “key reason” for the Tories losing support to UKIP is the Conservatives’ “modernising agenda” on issues like gay marriage, The Sunday Telegraph has said.
Christian Institute: Evangelical group – Forward Together – has criticised the Scottish Parliament’s decision to back same-sex marriage saying they are unconvinced that Holyrood can protect those who have conscientious objections to the redefinition.
English Manif Blog: Taiwan nailed it! 300,000 people gathered today at the landmark Ketagalan Boulevard to defend traditional marriage. Placards read “No to Amending Civil Law 972″, and a baby face with “Made in Daddy and Mommy”.
LifeSiteNews: Even “some of our clergy” have lost confidence in the truth about marriage, life and religious liberty, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix warned at a major meeting of Catholic leaders held in Mexico City November 16-19. This loss of confidence comes as a result of the relentless attack from secular culture, he said, adding that if Christians don’t maintain their confidence in these “tough truths” it will hurt the spread of the Gospel.
Religion Clause Blog: In Croatia yesterday, voters authorized a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage. AP reports that with nearly all the votes counted, the state electoral commission said that 65% of those voting answered “yes” to the question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?” 34% voted “no”.
Telegraph: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.
WorldNetDaily: The most recent order from the Supreme Court instructs U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association for the high court to hear arguments in the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children.
Yahoo News (Reuters): Some 131,000 people were newly infected with HIV in Europe and nearby countries in 2012, an 8 percent rise from a year earlier and a worrying reversal of a recent downward trend in AIDS cases in the West.
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.
LifeNews: The Obama administration has offended the Catholic Church before by putting in place ambassadors who support abortion and flout the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. Now, President Barack Obama is taking this further and launching what could be the first step in pushing the United Nations to remove the Holy See’s official status at the UN.
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.