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  • The UK's Education Secretary has said the Church of England should 'keep up' with modern attitudes in society and allow gay marriage in its churches.

    Same-sex marriage remains illegal under the Church of England's canon law, though the Church remains divided on its future direction.

    Justine Greening, the British Education Secretary since 2016, told Sky News yesterday: 'I think it is important that the church in a way keeps up and is part of a modern country,' according to The Telegraph.

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  • Under new government plans, adults will be allowed to change their gender without a doctor's diagnosis.

    This will mean that the current rule where people have to live for two years as their desired gender before they can officially change sex will go.

    The current rule where people must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person's biological sex and identity does not match, will be scrapped.

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  • Same-sex marriages have been legal since 2014 but many religious institutions – including the Church of England, Catholic church, United Synagogue, and Muslim Council of Britain – have chosen not to recognise the unions or perform the ceremonies.

    Justine Greening, the Women and Equalities Secretary, said that religious institutions should "keep up" with public opinion – which has been shifting towards acceptance of same-sex marriage.

    "It is important that the church, in a way, keeps up and is part of a modern country," she told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

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  • A consultation will be launched in the autumn on the current provisions of the Gender Recognition Act, which currently requires a person to live for two years as their desired gender before they can officially change sex.

    The Government is also suggesting scrapping the requirement for people to be formally diagnosed with "gender dysphoria" before applying to switch gender.

    The current law says people wanting to be legally recognised as the opposite to their birth gender in the UK need to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.

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  • Hardcore porn use has become a new normal. Young people access it freely and regularly, older people do the same but pretend not to, and many Christians wrestle with it as a 'secret struggle'. Now law-makers in the UK are aiming to restrict its use among under 18s with an ambitious new Act of Parliament. But will it really work?

    The way that young people consume pornography has changed to a terrifying extent over the last two decades. Since the dawn of widespread Internet access in the mid 1990s, we've moved from secret viewing of so-called 'hardcore' images, to easy and unlimited access to highly explicit video, to near-normalisation of both. Estimates on the average age of first exposure range from about 8-12. Young people discuss their favourite sites, and swap links to videos, as if they were talking about football transfer rumours or trading Pokemon cards. Porn isn't just mainstream in youth culture, it's everyday.

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  • The morning after the EU referendum last summer, I was in a buoyant mood as I set off for work.

    I welcomed the decision by the British people to embrace genuine independence for our country. But the moment I arrived at the West London school where I worked as a computer science teacher, my cheerfulness was punctured.

    At once I was taken aside by the headteacher, who knew where my sympathies lay, and warned not to mention Brexit in front of the staff or students. 'You can't talk about it. They are very upset and angry about the result. Besides, many of our kids are from Europe,' he told me in reproving tones.

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  • The government has moved closer to enforcing age verification for the use of online pornography in the UK.

    Mininister have announced it'll bring about the change from next Spring.

    Under new powers contained in the Digital Economy Act, which passed through Parliament earlier this year, a regulator will be able to block porn websites that fail to show that they are denying access to under-18s, for instance by demanding credit card details.

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  • A prominent group of ex-Muslims could be banned from future Pride marches in London after a mosque complained about their criticisms of Islam.

    Activists affiliated to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) took part in the march on Saturday 8 July. Their signs bore slogans such as "Allah is gay," "Throw ISIS off the roof" and "Islamophobia is an oxymoron".

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  • Two disability rights campaigners have shown their opposition to a terminally-ill man's legal battle to end his life when he wants.

    Noel Conway has motor neurone disease and has been given around nine months to live. When he has less than six months left, he wants to be able to end his life.

    He started his fight at the High Court to change the law on assisted dying on the morning of Monday 17th July.

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  • You know, the quality on which the British pride themselves, pragmatism, has its limits. There's a case for abstract moral thinking and it's especially true when it comes to the fraught moral question of euthanasia, assisted suicide, right-to-die, whatever. And essentially the distinction is between actively killing someone, or allowing them to die – of doing something, as opposed to not doing something, of commission rather than omission. The little ditty by Arthur Hugh Clough, 'thou shalt not kill but needst not strive/ officiously to keep alive' sort of sums it up.

    The latest right-to-die case comes before the court today, that of Noel Conway, a retired lecturer who has Motor Neuron Disease and is legitimately terrified at the prospect of his condition deteriorating further and further; he's written movingly about it in the Evening Standard today. Most of us would feel exactly the same. So he wants doctors to be able to administer toxins that will ensure he dies at a time of his choosing. It's the gist of the bill that Lord Falconer brought before parliament last time the issue came up, calling for patients who have terminal illness and less than six months to live, to be able to have their doctors kill them. It would give autonomy to the patient, with all the usual theoretical safeguards.

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