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  • A gay man fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy if he was in a heterosexual relationship takes his case to the UK's highest court today.

    Ex-cavalry officer John Walker is hoping that five justices at the Supreme Court in London will overturn an earlier ruling against him.

    Human rights organisation Liberty, which is representing Mr Walker, says a successful outcome could "dramatically change the lives of thousands of same-sex couples"

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  • Nicola Sturgeon's government has been forced to gut its plan to assign every child a state guardian by scrapping all the role's most significant powers, under a major climbdown to make it lawful.

    John Swinney, the SNP Education Minister, announced that a new Bill would be tabled before the end of June to completely rewrite the Named Person’s powers after the UK Supreme Court ruled parts of the original proposal breached parents' human rights.

    He said this meant the scheme would be delayed again, until 2018, and attempted to put a brave face on the change by insisting that the Scottish Government remained "absolutely committed" to the concept.

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  • 'Progressives' promote the lie that 'gender identity' is immutable in order to rationalize and normalize an incoherent ideology and destructive medical 'treatments'. Leftists desperately hope that the mainstream press, always in thrall to sexual radicalism, will avert its gaze from the growing 'de-transitioning' movement. Thankfully, social media is here to occasionally shine light on alternative reality, that is to say, objective reality.

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  • piece authored by the internet blogger The Church Mouse on this site raised questions about my interpretation of the research of Barnes and Meyer in 2012 on the relationship between religious affiliation and mental health in the LGB community. My original piece was on Ian Paul's blog.

    In this piece I looked at the quantiative data and the hypothesis models that Barnes and Meyer produced and tried to walk through what they did and didn't say about the link between religous affiliation, internalised homophobia (IH) and mental health outcomes (MHO). It is important to distinguish particualrly between the last two of these because they are not the same and to confuse them is part of the problem in interpreting the data from B&M 2013.

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  • Legal powers should be used to remove anti-abortion campaigners from the grounds of a hospital in Nottingham, a pro-choice group has said.

    Forty Days for Life has been holding a "vigil" at the Queen's Medical Centre, where abortions take place.

    Nottingham Pro Choice said their presence near the hospital's treatment centre is "intimidating" to women.

    But Louise Aldred said the group is "raising awareness" of the issues surrounding terminations.

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  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton has joined fresh calls for Britain to follow the example of five US states and Canada by allowing assisted dying for the terminally ill.

    The independent crossbencher admitted he was "out of step" with the Church of England over the issue but his desire for a change in the law was driven by "love and compassion".

    He said: "The example of Canada and other countries show that laws can be made that protect the most vulnerable and halt the unnecessary prolongation of life, which for some is not worth the candle."

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  • A council wants to fine people for swearing in its town centre in an effort to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.

    Locals could be handed an on-the-spot fine for foul language by Rochdale Borough Council after chiefs proposed a Public Space Protection Order.

    The order will ensure anyone caught 'using foul and abusive language' is warned, moved on or fined - to stop 'a small minority spoiling it' for the rest of the town.

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  • Mental health matters, right? Yes, of course it does. And the Church of England is right to focus on this often-neglected area of human flourishing and wellbeing, with speeches in Parliament, reports and motions in Synod, and resources which can make a considerable difference both to the lives of the afflicted and in the guidance of those whose vocation it is to minister pastoral and spiritual care. There’s a fine line between helplessly melting into hell and the noetic revelations of the mystic caught up to the third heaven. Discernment is all.

    But something is happening to the sap of Church doctrine which is poisoning the fruit on the branches.

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  • The deputy first minister is due to make a statement on the Scottish government's Named Person scheme later.

    John Swinney will address MSPs over a legal challenge to information sharing proposals within the Act.

    The system would appoint a named person - usually a teacher or health visitor - to ensure the wellbeing of every child.

    But judges at the UK's highest court ruled against the scheme in July 2016, citing concerns over information sharing.

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  • Ofsted had to beef up safeguards during its double inspection reliability study after inspectors, who were supposed to independently come to final judgments, were found to be discussing their findings, according to a report released by the inspectorate today.

    The education watchdog has this morning published the findings of its tests on the reliability of short inspections.

    Schools Week first reported the pilot in February 2015, and had an exclusive preview of the findings.

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