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  • Minister for equalities Caroline Dinenage has written for PinkNews on the third anniversary of the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales, saying we must never stop in the fight to eliminate discrimination.

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  • Following my callout for stories from expectant parents confronting a Down Syndrome diagnosis, a reader steps forward:

    My wife and I discovered early in her second pregnancy that the fetus had Down Syndrome, and we elected to abort. It was a difficult decision, but I will always fight to make sure others in our situation are permitted the same choices we had.

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  • For more than 30 years, a state in Africa’s most populous country essentially ignored a law put in place by its military government that required preachers to get licenses, limited the playing of religious cassettes, and outlawed derogatory language by religious organizations and leaders.

    But this spring, governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai is attempting to revive the policy. A new bill from his administration would restrict both Muslim and Christian preaching among Kaduna’s 6.5 million people by requiring pastors to obtain annual permits.

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  • I am sure there will be those who claim this is a stitch-up. I am aware that Boris’s entry commits two solecisms. Amid the first deluge of entries I intemperately announced (via Twitter) a unilateral ban on this rhyme for ‘Ankara’. I also think Boris should have settled either on ‘goats’ and ‘oats’ or ‘goat’ and ‘oat’. As a classical scholar himself he must know that the rhyme is not wholly perfect and that on such occasions one must find a way around the problem and simply go with the plural both times or not at all.

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  • A shake-up of adoption rules in England aims to move more children more quickly from the care system to family life.

    The Children and Social Work Bill, unveiled in the Queen's Speech, aims to reduce delays in placing children with an adoptive family.

    The new law will also aim to improve social care standards across England.

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  • The UK government will require pornographic sites to verify users are over 18 as part of a raft of measures announced in the Queen's Speech.

    As part of its Digital Economy Bill, the government promises more protection for children online.

    It also pledged more protection for consumers from spam email and nuisance calls, by ensuring direct consent is obtained for direct marketing.

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  • ROD Liddle has been suspended from the Labour Party and summoned to appear before the party’s controversial inquiry into anti-Semitism, it emerged today.

    The Sun columnist and Labour member for 37 years said that the suspension was for “language” he had used in a blog about the anti-Jewish crisis that engulfed the party earlier this month.

    However he claims that officials “did not specify which bit they objected to”.

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  • The Evangelical Alliance has cautioned against plans for new laws to tackle extremism, announced in today's Queen's Speech.

    Head of public policy Simon McCrossan commented:

    "It's extreme to try and tell religious groups what they can and can't teach under the guise of fundamental British values. It's extreme to threaten to send Ofsted inspectors into churches if they don't teach British values. This government's trying to fight extremism with extremism and the main casualty will be our fundamental freedoms."

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  • People with Down’s syndrome, their families and advocacy groups are concerned that the 2015 abortion statistics released today show an increase in the number of abortions for Down’s syndrome.

    The statistics show an increase from 662 abortion for Down’s Syndrome in 2014 to 689 in 2015. This is likely to be due to the private availability of cfDNA testing which has already been blamed for an increase in numbers of children with Down’s syndrome screened out by termination.

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  • A fresh crackdown on extremism will see hate preachers hit with a "civil order regime" to stamp out their "brainwashing" of youngsters, the Queen’s Speech revealed.

    Tough new rules clamping down on radicals trying to tempt Britons to jihad will be introduced as part of a Counter Extremism and Safeguarding Bill.

    The Queen said it would "prevent radicalisation, tackle extremism in all its forms and promote community integration".

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