Two important judgments on ‘religious freedom’ – and why I object to both of them

Jul 4, 2014 by

By J C von Krempach, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: In the last week judges in the US and Europe have issued two very important judgment on religious freedom. One is the US Supreme Court’s judgment in the “Hobby Lobby” case, which upheld the right of a Christian company to not pay, as part of the so-called “Obamacare” health insurance system, for his employees’ contraceptive drugs which he deemed to be abortifacient, and thus not in line with his religious convictions. According to this...

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Civil Partnership: While Rome burns!

Jun 30, 2014 by

By Dave Percival, 2-in-2-1: It is with a wry smile that I write this morning that after consultation the government has decided to do nothing – seems rather apt in a way! I speak of course about the course of (in)action decided upon with respect to the consultation on civil partnership. It really is a wonderful muddle, and clearly the cost, or effort, to sort it out is just too much. First we were offered (or rather forced to accept) Equal Marriage – principally on the grounds that it was...

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Date set for option to convert civil unions to gay marriages

Jun 27, 2014 by

From BBC News Gay people who are currently in civil partnerships will be able to convert their relationships to marriages from 10 December, the government has said. Writing in Pink News, Equalities Minister Sajid Javid said people had been “clamouring” for the move since gay marriage became possible in March. Since first announcing its support for gay marriage, the government has always said it planned to bring in the move. But Labour questioned why it was still six months from...

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Response to Government consultation on future of civil partnership

Apr 11, 2014 by

11 April 2014   The Church of England has submitted its response to the Government's consultation document on the future of civil partnership. The 12 week consultation period opened in January and closes next Thursday (17 April). The response, which can be found here, has been considered and approved by the Archbishops' Council and House of Bishops' Standing Committee as well as by both Archbishops.   Notes Details of the Government consultation can be found here Read...

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Consultation on the future of civil partnership in England and Wales

Jan 24, 2014 by

The Government has published a consultation paper on the future of civil partnership in England and Wales. This is the full public consultation required by section 15 the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The closing date for responses is 17 April 2014.   Reponses can be made online.   The Government will consider responses to the consultation alongside evidence about marriage of same sex couples, civil partnership and possible options for the future.   Respond online  ...

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A Pastoral Response to Same-sex Civil Marriage?

Nov 19, 2013 by

By Andrew Goddard, from Psephizo With speculation growing about the contents of the Pilling Report, to be considered by the House of Bishops next month and the need to prepare for same-sex marriages, it looks like we are heading into stormy waters in the Church of England. Last week I was asked for my thoughts on bishops’ regulations relating to same-sex marriage published by the Diocese of Guildford. Reading through them and discussing them with a few people has highlighted a number of...

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