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  • PARIS — France's top court ruled on Thursday against granting an intersex person born with a genital malformation the right to be recognized by the state as being of a "neutral" sex.

    The plaintiff, going by the name Gaëtan Schmitt, was registered at birth as a man but has argued he perceives his sexual identity as being neither female nor male.

    Mr. Schmitt, a 66-year-old psychotherapist, first took legal action in 2015 to obtain civil status as "neutral sex." A regional court in Tours granted him the status, but the decision was overturned on appeal by a court in Orléans in 2016.

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  •  France's top court ruled on Thursday against granting an intersex person born with a genital malformation the right to be recognized by the state as being of a "neutral" sex.

    The plaintiff, going by the name Gaëtan Schmitt, was registered at birth as a man but has argued he perceives his sexual identity as being neither female nor male.

    Mr. Schmitt, a 66-year-old psychotherapist, first took legal action in 2015 to obtain civil status as "neutral sex." A regional court in Tours granted him the status, but the decision was overturned on appeal by a court in Orléans in 2016.

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  • Church of England bishops are being cowed by a small group of "super-conservative puritans" who believe homosexuality is a sin, leaving most too scared to speak out in support of gay and lesbian clergy and parishioners, according a leading gay vicar who is quitting the priesthood.

    Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the only gay vicar in the church to have spoken publicly about his marriage, told his congregations this week he was leaving the ranks of clergy after 27 years because "institutional homophobia" prevented him from getting another job.

    Foreshew-Cain said a handful of homosexual bishops were in relationships, and at least 20 clergy had quietly married same-sex partners against C of E rules. The church permits clergy to be in same-sex relationships that are celibate, but forbids clergy from entering into same-sex marriages.

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  • The Church of Ireland's General Synod is set to debate tomorrow a private member's motion that would apologize for its refusal to give sacramental support to same-sex couples. Scheduled for Friday afternoon, 5 May 2017, Motion 12 asks Synod meeting at the South Court Hotel in Limerick to acknowledge the "injury felt by members of the church who enter into loving, committed and legally recognised, same-sex relationships, due to the absence of provision for them to mark that key moment in their lives publicly and prayerfully in church".

    It further "respectfully requests the House of Bishops to investigate a means to develop sensitive, local pastoral arrangements for public prayer and thanksgiving with same-sex couples at these key moments in their lives, and to present their ideas to general synod 2018, with a view to making proposals at general synod 2019."

    In 2012 Synod reaffirmed the church's traditional understanding as being between one man and one woman. Subsequent meetings created a select committee to examine the theological issues surrounding same-sex relations.

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  • Downing Street has announced the new Bishop of Sodor and Man as the Ven Peter Eagles, currently archdeacon for the army.

    Eagles replaces Robert Paterson, who retired as bishop in November last year.

    Currently an honorary canon of Salisbury Cathedral, Eagles said he was 'thrilled and deeply honoured' by the appointment.

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  • The UK's leading political parties should commit to modernising family justice in their respective manifestos, family lawyers have said ahead of the forthcoming general election.

    Resolution, which represents around 6,500 family lawyers, has put forward four proposals to party leaders, which it claims 'will make a huge, positive difference to the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people that separate each year'.

    In a letter to each of the major parties, Nigel Shepherd, the national chair of Resolution, calls for MPs to commit to: providing cohabiting couples basic legal rights; ensuring fair access to the family justice system; giving people more financial clarity on divorce; and introducing no-fault divorce.

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  • Of all the jurisdictions worldwide that permit some form of assisted suicide, Ontario stands alone in mandating that physicians participate in it.

    Assisted suicide, or "medical assistance in dying" (MAID), as it is now known, was decriminalized in certain specific circumstances as a result of the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Carter v. Canada and has been implemented through Bill C-14, which amended relevant sections of the Criminal Code in 2016.

    But does permitting what was once a criminal activity now mean that all health care professionals must participate? Not according to the Supreme Court. In Carter the Court affirmed that nothing in its ruling would compel physicians to participate in assisted dying. Bill C-14 similarly affirmed that nothing in the amendments would affect the constitutional guarantee of freedom of conscience and religion.

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  • An ex-soldier who once arrested IRA boss Martin McGuinness posted a final message on Facebook before ending his life at Dignitas which read: 'Dying to do this.'

    David Nigel Casson, 62, went to the assisted dying clinic in Switzerland to end his life after a 10-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

    His wife Julie Casson added his parting message to his public profile on his behalf so he could explain his brave decision.

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  • More than 200 children under the age of 14 died in the United States in 2014 after being struck by a car. Another 8,000 suffered injuries, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

    A new research study conducted at the University of Iowa has determined children younger than 14 do not possess the cognitive skills and judgment to safely cross a street. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an excerpt of the study in its Daily Briefing, a nod some physicians found ironic, given the organization's support for transgender treatment.

    "This same AAP, however, also frequently promotes the claim that children this age or younger are cognitively capable of deciding that they are the wrong sex," noted Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, a conservative alternative to the AAP. "Moreover, the AAP also deems children cognitively competent to consent to puberty blockers, toxic sex hormones, and mutilating sex reassignment surgery."

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  • The majority of MSPs oppose assisted suicide, according to a recent survey.

    It showed that 56 per cent of MSPs either "strongly oppose" or "somewhat oppose" any change to the law to allow physician-assisted suicide.

    The survey was conducted by Dignity in Dying Scotland.

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