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  • The congregation of St Mark’s church in Stoke-on-Trent are in tears. The old walls are amplifying a booming version of the traditional Christian hymn Thanks to God as an hour-long baptism ceremony draws to a close. It’s a powerful, emotive rendition, yes, but the tears are for something else.

    This particular voice is the Iranian Muslim Amir Nowjavni, singing in Farsi, who is one of 16 asylum seekers converting to Christianity on a Saturday afternoon.

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  • Couples who struggle to conceive a child are sometimes given the option of using a donated embryo. In the US this is commonly referred to as "embryo adoption", particularly at Christian clinics, where it is regarded as saving a life - and where the future parents may have to be married and heterosexual to be eligible for treatment.

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  • A family in Cambridgeshire are thought to have become the first landed gentry to change the inheritance rules of a trust to allow their estate to pass on to the partners of gay descendants.

    Richard Pemberton, 46, won approval for the changes at the High Court last week for the Trumpington estate, which his family have owned since 1715. Lawyers for the family told Judge Hodge that the changes would bring “a huge moral benefit” to future generations.

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  • A former Archbishop of Canterbury should be investigated by police, lawyers said, after newly released Church of England files exposed the scale of the alleged cover-up of sex offending by a disgraced bishop.

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  • There was never any doubt that Boris Johnson would be a more colourful Foreign Secretary than his rather grey predecessor Philip Hammond. So it comes as no surprise to learn that one of BoJo’s first decisions as our top diplomat has been to reverse the anti-gay-marriage Hammond’s ban on flying the LGBT movement’s rainbow flag at the Foreign Office and British embassies during Gay Pride events.

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  • Boarding school teachers should address transgender pupils as ‘zie’ to avoid offence, according to official guidance aimed at “queering the education system”.

    Staff have been told they need to learn a "new language" for a growing number of pupils who demand not to be addressed as 'he' or 'she'.

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  • Shaken Stuart Houlden was left with bad vibrations when he was banned from an Ann Summers sex toy party for being a man.

    Gay Stuart was looking forward to a fun night out after being invited along by a female friend.

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  • CHILDREN as young as five will be encouraged to think about whether they’re gay or transgender as part of the Named Person scheme.

    A new plan for primary school pupils tells them that it’s “a normal, healthy part of human life [to be] attracted to boys, girls or both”.

    “It takes time to figure out who we are sexually and to understand our gender identity. The important thing is to be true to how you feel at the time,” it adds.

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  • United Methodists in the denomination’s liberal Western Jurisdiction have elected the first openly partnered gay bishop in the 13 million-member global church’s history. Pastor Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, who is married to another woman, will be consecrated a bishop during a Saturday afternoon service at the regional conference being held outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her brother in an apparent 'honour killing' in the province of Punjab, police say.

    Ms Baloch, 26, recently caused controversy by posting controversial pictures of herself on social media, including one alongside a Muslim cleric.

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