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The Catholic Church is now paying the price for its past in Ireland

The Catholic Church is now paying the price for its past in Ireland

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood welcomes the Irish referendum result on marriage equality and argues that the Catholic Church's appalling recent history in Ireland shows it deserves to be discredited- as it now has been, by the overwhelming referendum "Yes" result.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Ireland

Irish same-sex marriage – is the Church trying to blackmail the state?

Irish same-sex marriage – is the Church trying to blackmail the state?

Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has threatened to stop civil marriage registration if Irish law is changed to allow same sex marriages. Keith Porteous Wood argues that if it were to carry out its threat, it could inflict more harm on the Church than any change of the legal definition of marriage would.

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, Ireland

On homophobia and racism

On homophobia and racism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Those who portray themselves as a moral arbiter have to be consistently moral — something which Justin Welby and The Runnymede Trust hasn't fully grasped, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Islam

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil partnerships, but symbolically its passing was a breath-taking moment of the zeitgeist, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

This defeat for the Church of England may yet have more serious ramifications. It has been speculated that gay marriage will bring the nation nearer to disestablishment.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Church of England, House of Lords, Bishops

Better the muddle you know: Disestablishment and gay marriage

Better the muddle you know: Disestablishment and gay marriage

Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 by Theo Hobson

A disestablished Church still has difficult issues to face, about how to relate itself to the liberal state, where to stand on homosexuality, and how to engage the world around it.

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

You can’t do that – it’s against my religion

You can’t do that – it’s against my religion

Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 by Margot Fernandez

As the Same-Sex Marriage Bill reaches the House of Lords, Margot Fernandez writes about the American experience of religion trying to dictate the law.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, USA

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet carried an editorial in its 25 May edition predicting that the legalisation of gay marriage will weaken, if not completely end, the establishment of the Church of England.

Tags: Church of England, Marriage Equality

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, Pope, David Cameron

Edward Leigh’s Bill to put religious conscience opt-out into Equality Act is doomed

Edward Leigh’s Bill to put religious conscience opt-out into Equality Act is doomed

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood on why Edwards Leigh's bill to amend the Equality Act to add "conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage" as a protected characteristic alongside disability, sex, and sexual orientation should never make the statute book

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Catherine Le Fur

Catherine Le Fur on the intensifying debate in France over the French Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, France

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

After coming under fire for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year", Terry Sanderson defends Stonewall and agrees the Cardinal is a bigot, and that the award was appropriate and well-deserved.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, 'Militant' secularism, Community Cohesion, Discrimination

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 by Alistair McBay

Aside from recognising the huge significance in this for a long oppressed section of the community, the Scottish Government's announcement that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage is also an important point of religious freedom.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Faith Schools

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.

Tags: Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Church & State, Marriage Equality, Obama

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 by National Secular Society

Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Marriage Equality

The battle against gay marriage causes deep divisions in politics and religion

The battle against gay marriage causes deep divisions in politics and religion

Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012 by Tessa Kendall

Religious groups' opposition to equal marriage is causing deep rifts among their leaders and followers - and among Tory MPs.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Equality & Human Rights

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

In many ways there is more at stake than gay marriage. This is the Catholic Church trying to bully its way into political power, lobbying by intimidation and emotional blackmail.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality

Homophobia and the rise of Britain’s religious right

Homophobia and the rise of Britain’s religious right

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Adrian Tippetts

The activities of the anti gay marriage lobby reveal the complex network of the homophobic religious right

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Conversion Therapy