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  • Romania's Constitutional Court on Tuesday again postponed ruling on a petition to recognize the same-sex marriage of a U.S. citizen and a Romanian man.

    Romania currently does not recognize same-sex marriages or relationships amid opposition from the conservative Romanian Orthodox Church.

    The delay was the second time the court has put off ruling on the marriage of Claibourn Robert Hamilton, an American graphic designer and Adrian Coman, a rights activist.

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  • Coalition backbencher Andrew Hastie says 'religious liberty' could be limited if same-sex marriage is allowed.

    Mr Hastie says marriage is the people's institution and people should have their say on what it means in a plebiscite.

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  • Chinese social media users have been expressing doubts about the institution of marriage, prompted by a post on a popular Sina Weibo account about a New York Times report saying Chinese people were increasingly disinclined to get hitched.

    This is because of better education, "but also because they have good incomes and have lost the economic incentive to marry", the post on "Sina Liaoning" declared on 17 September.

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  • Reform is calling on the Government to make it possible for maintained schools and academies to financially reward governors for their time and effort.

    A new report from the public services think tank said the "increasing complexity" of the role because of academisation means "the need to recruit skilled governors is overwhelmingly apparent".

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  • A LEADING Free Church of Scotland minister has accused humanists of being “fundamentally dishonest” over their legal challenge to give pupils the right to opt out of religious observance in Scottish schools.

    The former moderator of the Free Church of Scotland hit out at claims by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) that the Scottish Government’s refusal to update guidance in the wake of the UN review meant ministers had potentially acted unlawfully.

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  • Simon Harris is being urged to help women in crisis pregnancies by supporting greater regulation of counselling services.

    Brendan Howlin, the Labour Party leader, will propose a bill next week which would add crisis pregnancy advisers to the list of professions regulated under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act. Under his reforms, such counsellors would be registered and subject to oversight.

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  • One of the biggest setbacks for same-sex marriage in Australia has been the uproar around curriculum materials produced by the national Safe Schools Coalition (SSCA) for children in years 7 and 8.

    These are supposed to stop bullying of homosexual and transgender students, but they also involve educating all students about sensitive topics, including sexual morality. Hundreds of schools, mostly government-run, have signed up. After noisy protests from parents, religious groups and politicians, the Federal Government stepped in and forced the SSCA to make significant changes.

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  • MPs have been warned not to try and change the UK law on euthanasia after figures from Belgium showed a startling rise in doctor-assisted suicides, particularly among those who did not have a terminal disease.

    In the 10 years since Belgium legalised assisted-suicide, the number of people using it to end their lives shot up eight fold. The biggest increases were among people older than 80 who did not have cancer and were not expected to die in the near future.

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  • When Javaria Saaed, a member of the counterterrorism division at Scotland Yard, reported extremist behavior and comments from fellow Muslim officers, she expected her concerns to be taken seriously. Several Muslims in the London police force were expressing views consistent with extremist interpretations of Islam, something she assumed would interest her superiors. But she was wrong. She hadn’t counted on the double standard applied to Muslims in the West, or government officials’ intense fear of being labeled Islamaphobic.

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  • Along with laser hair removal and Botox, a Polish clinic in London provides abortion. And it is not shy about what it does, listing abortion and its price on the facility’s website.

    Tooting Medical Centre (TMC) offers medical and dental services to a mostly Polish clientele. Among its services are early medical abortion, sexually transmitted infection testing, and contraception supply, including intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which can act as abortifacients.

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