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  • Student activists are calling on universities to install sanitary towel bins in men’s toilets so that biologically female transgender students who use them do not face discrimination.
    The Mail on Sunday has found that equality rights campaigners at three leading universities have called for the changes – resulting in family groups branding the move ‘madness’.

  • Writer and activist Peter McGraith married his partner David in the first ceremony conducted under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 covering most of the UK. Here, he asks what effect it's had on gay and lesbian couples - and on marriage itself.

    Do we care if marriage equality contributes to the demise of gay culture, identity and community?

  • Tens of thousands of patients are having “do not resuscitate” orders imposed without their families’ consent, an audit has found.

    Hospitals are failing to tell relations that they do not intend to attempt potentially lifesaving techniques to save their loved ones, according to the Royal College of Physicians.

  • Head teachers are to discuss whether parents in England should be allowed to take their children out of religious education classes, on the grounds that it undermines the teaching of "British values".

    The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which is holding its annual conference, will hear that pupils need to take part in RE to learn how to respect the views of other people.

  • Citing the Islamic State’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, rising bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing’s campaign against churches in China, a new U.S. government report said Monday that attacks on religious freedom have grown measurably around the world over the past year.

    While President Obama has pursued openings with some key offenders, including Iran and Myanmar, and criticized others such as North Korea and China, the annual report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said embattled faith groups are “under serious and sustained assault” in those nations and beyond.

  • Two gay Italian women have won the right to adopt each other’s children in a legal first for the country. All previous verdicts in Italy in favour of lesbian women being legally recognised as the parents of their partner’s children are at the appeal stages.

    In its judgment on Friday, Rome’s juvenile court said Marilena Grassadonia, president of the Rainbow Families association, could adopt her wife’s twin boys. In turn, her partner adopted Grassadonia’s son. All three were conceived by artificial insemination.

  • A woman in the US state of Colorado has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for cutting a nearly eight-month-old foetus from a stranger's womb.

    Dynel Lane was convicted of attempting to kill Michelle Wilkins and of the unlawful termination of her pregnancy.

    Prosecutors could not charge her with murdering the baby because a coroner found no evidence that it had lived.

  • Employment lawyers warn of rise in cases; organisations must understand distinction between penalising beliefs and conduct

    Organisations are running significant risks if they shy away from tackling inflammatory situations relating to religion in the workplace, according to employment lawyers who have warned of a potential growth in contentious – and expensive – cases.

  • Scientists believe they have taken a step closer to making a safe contraceptive pill for men, according to a report.

    Fifty years after the female pill, researchers have yet to find a way to render men temporarily infertile without significant side-effects.

    However, academics at Minnesota University told the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting on Sunday that they had made a significant advance, The Times reported.

  • Labour will attempt to derail the new surveillance bill unless it is amended to protect individuals’ privacy, the shadow home secretary has warned.

    The party’s MPs will abstain in a vote after the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill tomorrow, Andy Burnham said. He insisted that there would be "no blank cheque" for its passage through the Commons.

    The bill introduces a new power to allow the government to collect the web-browsing histories or internet connection records of individuals. It also clarifies and codifies several surveillance powers derived from outdated legislation.


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