Archive for the 'sexual orientation discrimination' Category

Catholic adoption charity appeal dismissed – The Independent

“A Catholic adoption agency has been told it cannot discriminate against gay couples in the latest outcome of an ongoing legal battle that has pitted the rights of same sex parents against religious groups who want to opt-out of anti-discrimination legislation.”

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The Independent, 26th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Employment Tribunal unequivocal on discrimination stance as gay lawyer wins action – The Lawyer

“A gay lawyer who discovered a note from one of his firm’s partners that accused him of giving work to his ‘batty boy mate’ has won a discrimination fight against the firm.”

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The Lawyer, 28th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Gay couple end hotel payout claim – The Independent

“A homosexual couple who successfully sued the Christian owners of a hotel who refused them a bed are withdrawing a claim for more compensation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said today.”

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The Independent, 11th March 2011

Source: www.independent.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.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Second B&B owner sued for turning gay couple away – Daily Telegraph

“A gay couple, turned away from a bed and breakfast, after the owner told them it was against her Christian convictions to let them share a bed, have launched a claim for sexual discrimination.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Christian hoteliers appeal against ban on gay couple – BBC News

“The Christian owners of a Cornwall hotel who unlawfully refused to allow a gay couple a double room have appealed.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gay couple’s hotel battle is latest case of religion clashing with human rights – The Guardian

“Stephen Preddy and Martyn Hall’s legal victory against a Christian hotel that refused them a double room is part of a growing trend of cases that pit faith against discrimination.”

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bristol gay couple win Cornwall B&B bed ban case – BBC News

“The owners of a hotel who refused to allow a gay couple a double room acted unlawfully, a judge has ruled.”

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BBC News, 18th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court defers judgement on gay couple’s B&B refusal – BBC News

“Judgement in a landmark case into the rights of a gay couple from Bristol who were refused a double room at a Cornish B&B has been deferred.”

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BBC News, 14th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gay couple challenge Cornwall B&B accommodation refusal – BBC News

“A gay couple from Bristol have appeared in court alleging sexual-orientation discrimination after they were refused a double room at a Cornish B&B.”

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BBC News, 13th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Heterosexual couple make second attempt for civil partnership – The Guardian

“A heterosexual couple will request a civil partnership – available only to same-sex couples in the UK – at a register office in London tomorrow, to take a stand against a system which they say ‘segregates couples according to their sexuality’.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 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

Ex-archbishop attacks judges over gay counselling ruling – The Guardian

“The former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey today accused judges of moving towards a new ‘secular state’ that would downgrade the rights of religious believers. Attacking a ‘deeply worrying’ court ruling, Carey claimed the judiciary was now tipping the legal balance against believers in ‘a deeply unedifying collision of human rights’.”

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The Guardian, 29th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Religion row as appeal judge dismisses Christian’s sacking appeal – The Guardian

“A marriage guidance counsellor’s bid to challenge his sacking for refusing to give sex therapy to homosexuals has led to a serious clash between the Christian lobby and the judiciary.”

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The Guardian, 29th April 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

Equality Bill could be amended by Lords to benefit Catholic adoption agencies – Daily Telegraph

“Roman Catholic adoption agencies could be allowed to act in accordance with their religious beliefs once more, under a move to be proposed in the House of Lords.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) v Charity Commission for England and Wales (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) v Charity Commission for England and Wales (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2010] EWHC 520 (Ch); [2010] WLR (D)

“A Roman Catholic adoption agency was entitled to rely on reg 18 of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 which afforded to charities generally an exemption from the prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. Accordingly, it was not unlawful for the agency to refuse to provide its services to same-sex couples.”

WLR Daily, 18th March 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.

Christian registrar denied leave to appeal gay wedding refusal – Daily Telegraph

“A Christian registrar who lost her job after she refused to carry out civil partnership ceremonies has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.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.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Peers vote to allow homosexuals to marry in church – Daily Telegraph

“Homosexuals may be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches after the House of Lords voted in favour of scrapping a ban on same-sex religious unions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.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.”

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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.”

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The Independent, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lesbian soldier sees £190,000 harassment payout cut by a third – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian soldier who won nearly £190,000 damages following a campaign of harassment by a male sergeant has had her payout slashed by a third after Army top brass appealed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lesbian couple win £22,000 compensation over work taunts – Daily Telegraph

“Saleswomen Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos, both 25, were taunted about their relationship and subjected to crude insults.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Homosexual postman wins £2,400 from Royal Mail – Daily Telegraph

“A homosexual postman who was called ‘effeminate’, ‘girly’ and ‘bitchy’ by his boss has won £2,400 from the Royal Mail for discrimination over his sexuality.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Catholic charities breaking law on homosexual adoption – Daily Telegraph

“Catholic charities who discriminate against homosexual couples who want to adopt children are breaking the law, the Charity Tribunal has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 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.”

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The Times, 12th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lesbian couple claim £20,000 damages after NHS refuses them fertility treatment – Daily Telegraph

“Caroline Harris and Julie McMullan claim they are victims of discrimination because they are a same sex couple and have asked a judge to order fertility treatment for Miss Harris.”

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Daily Telegraph., 26th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Air steward drops racism and homophobia case against F1 chief Ron Dennis – The Times

“An air steward apologised ‘unreservedly’ yesterday for making ‘unfounded’ allegations of racism and homophobia against Ron Dennis, the McLaren Formula One chairman.”

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The Times, 14th January 2009

SOurce: www.timesonline.co.uk

Couple win £5,000 for lesbian house advert – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian couple who were publicly outed in a web advert by their estate agents have won £5,000 in compensation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Opinion: Anti-discrimination laws need to be made consistent – The Lawyer

“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently gave judgment in Coleman v Attridge Law (2008). In so doing, it clarified the remit of the Framework Directive (2000/78/EC), which was adopted in November 2000 to combat discrimination in the workplace on grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.”

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The Lawyer, 28th July 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Church’s £37,000 award to gay man – BBC News

“A gay man who suffered ‘grotesquely discriminatory conduct’ from the Presbyterian Church in Wales has been awarded £37,000.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Church woman ‘bullied gay worker’ – BBC News

“A gay church worker claims he was bullied out of his job by a manager who ‘would say something about gay sex every day’.”

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BBC News, 10th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Homophobic complaints dismissed – BBC News

“Complaints of homophobia against eight officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have been dsimissed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”

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BBC News, 27th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bishop fined in gay discrimination case – Daily Telegraph

“A Bishop has been ordered to undergo equal opportunities training and to pay a gay youth worker nearly £50,000 for refusing him a job because of his sexuality.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lesbian soldier Kerry Fletcher wins case – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian soldier who endured lewd sexual innuendo from a senior staff sergeant who claimed he could ‘turn her straight’ could win compensation of more than £400,000, after winning her case against the Ministry of Defence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Straight bouncer harassed by gay club boss who called her a breeder – The Times

“A married mother of three has won thousands of pounds in compensation from a gay nightclub that discriminated against her because she is heterosexual.”

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The Times, 4th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Forms pose discrimination risk, civil partners warned – The Guardian

“Gay and lesbian people who enter into civil partnerships are at risk of ‘forced outing’ through everyday activities such as taking out a bank loan, according to a report to be published tomorrow.”

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The Guardian, 4th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney-General set to scupper plans to make gay hate a crime – The Times

“Government plans to criminalise the stirring up of hatred against gays and lesbians are in disarray because of a Cabinet split over the need for such a law.”

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The Times, 26th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Charity: Pupils risk prosecution for ‘gay’ slur – Daily Telegraph

“Children who call their classmates ‘gay’ risk being arrested for committing a hate crime even if they do not know what the word means, a leading charity warned last night.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

£15,000 fine for gay law offences – BBC News

“New legislation banning discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals is lawful with just one exception, a High Court [Northern Ireland] judge has ruled.”

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BBC News, 11th Setember 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Church fears lawsuits over gay rights – Daily Telegraph

“Church leaders expressed fears last night that Christians could be sued under proposed new laws to protect gays from harassment.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

HSBC back in court over £5m gay claim – The Times

“HSBC is due back in court tomorrow to face the latest round in a £5 million discrimination claim brought by a gay former high-flyer.”

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The Times, 5th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Big payout for gay lawyer – The Times

“The world’s largest law firm has paid an undisclosed sum to a partner in London who claimed he suffered discrimination because he is gay.”

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The Times, 22nd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Law firm settles ‘homophobia’ discrimination case – The Independent

“Clifford Chance, the world’s biggest law business, has paid out an undisclosed sum in settlement of what is believed to be the first claim against a law firm for discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.”

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The Independent, 21st August 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bishop urged to resign after diocese loses gay bias case – The Guardian

“The Bishop of Hereford faced calls for his resignation last night after an employment tribunal ruled that he had discriminated against a gay youth worker because of the man’s sexuality.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Majority in poll back laws to protect gays – Reuters News

“The vast majority of Britons support new legislation to protect gays from discrimination and would not mind if a member of their family was homosexual, a survey showed on Wednesday.”

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Reuters News, 23rd May 2007

Source: http://uk.reuters.com

New Equalities Legislation Comes into Force Today – Communities and Local Government

“New legislation comes into force today which provides protection from sexual orientation discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief that is on a par with protection already provided on grounds of race and gender.”

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Communities and Local Government press release, 30th April 2007

Source: www.communities.gov.uk


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