Archive for the 'homosexuality' Category

Gay asylum claims not being counted despite pledge, admit ministers – The Guardian

“Ministers have admitted they are failing to collect data on the number of people who claim or are refused asylum on the basis of their sexuality, despite a government promise not to deport lesbians and gay men at risk of persecution.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Anti-gay Christian couple lose foster care case – The Guardian

“A Pentecostal Christian couple have lost their high court claim that they were discriminated against by a local authority because they insisted on their right to tell young foster children that homosexuality is morally wrong.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ugandan ‘lesbian’ drops homosexual claim – Daily Telegraph

“‘BN’, the asylum seeker who escaped deportation to Uganda by claiming to be a lesbian, is the subject of a new legal appeal – which hinges not on her sexuality but on the publicity surrounding the case.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New Push for LGB and T equality will allow civil partnerships in religious buildings – Home Office

“As part of its commitment to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people, the government will today announce that religious buildings will be allowed to host civil partnership registrations.”

Full press release

Home Office, 17th February 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships may soon be welcomed – The Guardian

“Gay and lesbian couples could soon win the right to marry, and straight couples be given the right to form civil partnerships.
The equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has disclosed that the government intends to consult over how marriage laws in England and Wales can be further reformed, despite strong opposition from some religious groups.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

At last, the stigma of 50 years is removed – The Independent

“Gay men convicted for something no longer an offence win right for criminal records to be expunged.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ruby Thomas given seven years for homophobic attack on Ian Baynham – The Guardian

“A former public school pupil who took part in the ‘mindless, drink-fuelled’ and fatal homophobic beating of a civil servant, stamping on him and kicking him as he lay unconscious in Trafalgar Square, today began a seven-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution after being sentenced for manslaughter.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

European court urged to end UK marriage ‘apartheid’ – The Guardian

“Campaigners launch legal challenge in attempt to change legislation that prevents gay couples from getting married.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Trafalgar Square killers: two found guilty of attack that left gay man dead – The Guardian

“Former private school pupil and ex-boyfriend convicted at Old Bailey of manslaughter of civil servant.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lesbian mother loses battle to stop gay father spending time with children – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian mother has lost her Appeal Court battle to stop the wealthy gay father of her two children spending more time with them.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Doctor asks Europe to rule on gay adoptions – Daily Telegraph

“A paediatrician who claims she was driven out of her job because of her Christian views will today start a legal battle over what rights doctors have to intervene in homosexual adoptions.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gay man and woman in court battle over children – The Independent

“A gay man and woman are fighting a bitter court battle over their two children born by artificial insemination.”

Full story

The Independent, 8th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lesbian couple vow to take battle for same-sex marriage to court – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian couple have pledged to go to court in an attempt to overturn the ban on same-sex marriages after a register office refused to grant them a civil licence.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couple ‘doomed’ to be turned down as foster carers, court told – The Guardian

“High court asked to clarify whether views on homosexuality are compatible with fostering children.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Couples bid to overturn gay marriage law – The Guardian

“Peter Tatchell plans legal challenge in campaign by gay and mixed-sex couples calling for the same type of union.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court rules UK child maintenance laws discriminated against same-sex couples – The Guardian

“The European Court of Human Rights has declared that rules on child maintenance prior to introduction of the Civil Partnership Act discriminated against those in same-sex relationships.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Clare Balding complaint over AA Gill column upheld – The Guardian

“Press watchdog censures writer over Sunday Times column in which he described TV presenter as a ‘dyke on a bike.’ ”

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The Guardian, 17th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Catholic charity’s appeal over gay adoption fails – BBC News

“A Roman Catholic adoption charity’s appeal to be allowed to discriminate against gay people wanting it to place children with them has been rejected.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Gay couples will get equal right to marry’ – Daily Telegraph

“The Coalition will give homosexual couples the same legal rights to marriage as heterosexuals, a senior Liberal Democrat has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

HJ v Secretary of State for the Home Department; HT v Same ú – WLR Daily

HJ v Secretary of State for the Home Department; HT v Same ú [2010] UKSC 31; [2010] WLR (D) 174

“To reject a gay person’s claim for refugee status on the ground that, if returned to his home country, he could avoid persecution by living discreetly would be to deny his right, protected by the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, to live freely and openly as himself without fear of persecution. The current test, that such a claim would fail where the claimant could reasonably be expected to live discreetly concealing his sexual identity to avoid persecution, if returned to his home country, was wrong and should not be followed.”

WLR Daily, 8th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Why the Supreme Court ruled against the deportation of gay asylum-seekers – The Independent

“Gay and lesbian asylum-seekers have won the right to live in Britain after the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Government was wrong to return refugees to countries where people had to choose between homophobic persecution or hiding their true sexual identity.”

Full story

The Independent, 8th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Supreme court recognises gay asylum rights – The Guardian

“Judgment means lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have the right to escape persecution.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court to rule on gay asylum seekers – The Independent

“The Supreme Court rules today on cases brought by two gay failed asylum seekers who could face persecution if they are deported.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Home Office advice to gay asylum seekers criticised – BBC News

“The Home Office has been accused of telling gay and lesbian asylum seekers to avoid persecution back home by keeping their sexuality secret.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judicial culture still deters gay and lesbian lawyers, say researchers – The Guardian

“The judiciary is failing to reflect the UK’s gay and lesbian community, experts say, as research suggests it is seriously under-represented on the bench.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lesbian mother cannot be forced to pay maintenance – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian whose former partner bore a child through artificial insemination cannot be ordered to pay any maintenance, a High Court judge ruled today.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Homosexual men with convictions for consensual gay sex to have record of crime wiped – Daily Telegraph

“Men with convictions for homosexual sex with someone over the age of 16 will have any record of the crime expunged, Theresa May has said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Charge against ‘gay sin’ preacher dropped – BBC News

“Charges have been dropped against a Christian preacher who told a police officer homosexuality was ‘a sin’.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK policy on gay and lesbian asylum seekers challenged in Supreme Court – The Guardian

“Laws which mean gay and lesbian asylum seekers can be returned to countries where they face persecution will be challenged tomorrow [10th May] in the UK’s highest court.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New surrogacy law eases the way for gay men to become legal parents – The Guardian

“Gay male couples will be able to use a fast-track route to become the legal parents of surrogate children from next week. On 6 April, changes to the law will permit two men to be named as parents on a child’s birth certificate for the first time in British history.”

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The Guardian, 28th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government insists vicars will not be sued for refusing ‘gay marriages’ in churches – Daily Telegraph

“Ministers have assured clergy that they will not face legal action if they refuse to carry out new ‘gay weddings’ in churches.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Homophobic hatred could lead to jail – Ministry of Justice

“People who intentionally stir up homophobic hatred could face up to seven years in prison under a new criminal offence introduced today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Gay weddings to be allowed in church – The Independent

“Gay men and women will finally be allowed to marry in churches after the House of Lords dramatically voted in favour of lifting the ban on religious premises holding same-sex partnerships.”

Full story

The Independent, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bill ‘will allow schools to teach that homosexuality is wrong’ – The Guardian

“Campaigners today accused the government of performing a U-turn over sex education in faith schools, after changes to a bill they said would allow the schools to discourage the use of contraception and teach that homosexuality is wrong.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

PCC rejects complaint over Jan Moir column about Stephen Gately’s death – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a complaint from the partner of Stephen Gately, the Boyzone singer who died suddenly in October, over an article by the Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Church of England General Synod extends pension rights for gay partners – The Guardian

“The Church of England may not allow its clergy to have their civil ­partnerships blessed in church but it voted tonight to allow the survivors of same-sex ­partnerships the same pension rights as other spouses. The church’s General Synod, meeting in London, voted in favour of what supporters of the move described as ­big-heartedness at odds with the church’s public reputation for homophobia in its wrangles over gay clergy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Discrimination law change is dropped after Pope’s opposition – The Independent

“The Government will not push through proposals that churches argue would restrict their ability to deny jobs to gay people and transsexuals, Equality Minister Harriet Harman confirmed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 4th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Big Question: What is equality legislation, and why is the Pope so concerned about it? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

The Pope has made an extraordinary intervention into British politics by urging Catholics to oppose the Equality Bill going through Parliament. The Bill has finished its passage through the House of Commons, and was being fiercely debated in the House of Lords last week, with religious groups lined up on both sides of the argument, and may become the cause of a stand-off between MPs and peers.”

Full story

The Independent, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government defeated three times over church gay plan – BBC News

“The government has suffered three House of Lords defeats over moves churches said would prevent them denying jobs to gay people and transsexuals.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

E-commerce Regulations updated to exempt ISPs from hate speech charges – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has published Regulations that will absolve internet service providers (ISPs) and other digital service providers of responsibility for religion or sexuality-related hate speech transmitted over their networks.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 14th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Life term for homophobic murder – BBC News

“A man has been jailed for life for murdering one man and attempting to murder his partner in a homophobic attack in south London.”

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BBC News, 16th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Christian registrar loses discrimination appeal – The Independent

“Christian registrar Lillian Ladele today lost her appeal against a ruling that she had not been discriminated against by being disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnerships.”

Full story

The Independent, 15th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court to rule in registrar case – BBC News

“The Court of Appeal is to rule on a claim brought by a Christian registrar disciplined for refusing to conduct same-sex civil partnerships.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Christian loses sex therapy case – BBC News

“A relationship counsellor from Bristol who refused to offer sex therapy to gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Last-ditch bid for ‘gay hate’ law – BBC News

“The government is bidding to overturn a defeat in the House of Lords over new laws criminalising ‘homophobic hatred’.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Christian registrar to appeal over same-sex ceremonies – The Guardian

“Controversial claims that Christians should not have to condone homosexuality will be made in the court of appeal today [2nd Nov.], as a registrar says she suffered discrimination by being required to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Equal birth registration rights for female couples – Home Office

“Female couples now have the same rights as heterosexual couples when registering the birth of a child conceived as a result of fertility treatment.”

Full story

Home Office, 1st September 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Lesbians given equal birth rights – BBC News

“Women in same-sex relationships can now register both their names on the birth certificate of a child conceived as a result of fertility treatment.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Catholic mother launches legal battle after son placed with gay foster parents – Sunday Telegraph

“The mother of a 10-year-old Catholic boy has launched a legal battle after a council placed him with homosexual foster carers.”

Full story

Sunday Telegraph, 7th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bishops fight for right to criticise gay lifestyle – The Guardian

“Church of England bishops are on a collision course with the government over its plans to amend the incitement to hatred laws, claiming they will stifle what they believe is legitimate criticism of homosexual lifestyles.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law ‘will force churches to employ gay staff’ – Daily Telegraph

“Churches will be banned from turning down gay job applicants on the grounds of their sexuality under new anti-discrimination laws, a Government minister said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Magistrate resigns over homosexual comments – Daily Telegraph

“A magistrate has resigned after making derogatory comments about homosexuals in a BBC television documentary.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Partners of lesbian mothers to get paternity leave – Daily Telegraph

“Both women in lesbian couples with children should be given compulsory paternity and maternity leave, under proposals tabled in the European Parliament.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Christian charity worker suspended over opposition to gay rights – The Times

“A charity worker has been suspended after telling a colleague about his Christian beliefs against homosexuality, even though he says he is not homophobic and was merely responding to questions from a colleague about his beliefs.”

Full story

The Times, 12th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

HJ (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; HT (Cameroon) v Same – Times Law Reports

HJ (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; HT (Cameroon) v Same

“A homosexual asylum-seeker could not seek the protection of the court if it were a condition of protection that he hid his membership of a particular social group or modified some attribute or characteristic of the group to avoid persecution.”

The Times, 8th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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