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Same-sex marriages need not be recognised in NI, court rules

Same-sex marriages need not be recognised in NI, court rules

Posted: Fri, 18 Aug 2017

The High Court has ruled that same-sex marriages which are entered into in England do not need to be recognised in Northern Ireland. Read More »

DUP vows to resist calls to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage

DUP vows to resist calls to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage

Posted: Fri, 11 Aug 2017

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said her party will retain Northern Ireland's restrictions on abortion and same-sex marriage, despite growing pressure for reform. Read More »

NSS criticises Archbishops over clerical hostility to LGBT+ rights

NSS criticises Archbishops over clerical hostility to LGBT+ rights

Posted: Thu, 03 Aug 2017

The National Secular Society's Executive Director, Keith Porteous Wood, has criticised Church of England leaders for their record on gay rights after they spoke out on the subject. Read More »

Washington Supreme Court: Religious beliefs no excuse for a business to discriminate

Washington Supreme Court: Religious beliefs no excuse for a business to discriminate

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2017

The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has unanimously ruled that a florist cannot discriminate against same-sex couples, in a ruling welcomed by American secularists. Read More »

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Posted: Mon, 24 Oct 2016

A bakery firm which cancelled an order for a cake with the slogan "Support Gay Marriage" has lost its appeal against the ruling that they had unlawfully discriminated. Read More »

Scottish Anglicans move towards religious same-sex marriage

Scottish Anglicans move towards religious same-sex marriage

Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016

The Scottish Episcopal Church has paved the way towards allowing gay marriage, raising the prospect of a clash with the Church of England. Read More »

Government announces plans to allow same-sex marriages on MoD sites

Government announces plans to allow same-sex marriages on MoD sites

Posted: Wed, 11 May 2016

The Government has announced plans to register Ministry of Defence sites for civil marriages, after religious groups blocked same-sex ceremonies from taking place in military chapels. Read More »

NSS welcomes minister’s commitment to ensure same-sex weddings can take place in military chapels

NSS welcomes minister’s commitment to ensure same-sex weddings can take place in military chapels

Posted: Tue, 22 Dec 2015

The National Secular Society has welcomed an intervention from Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt to ensure that the rights of gay military personnel wishing to marry are respected. Read More »

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015

The National Secular Society has welcomed confirmation that Ireland's government is to amend the exemptions to equality law which permit religious discrimination. Read More »

Kentucky clerk acting under “God’s authority” in defying court over gay marriage

Kentucky clerk acting under “God’s authority” in defying court over gay marriage

Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015

A county clerk in Kentucky has persisted in denying same-sex couples marriage licenses, in open defiance of a federal court order. Read More »

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015

A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage. Read More »

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Posted: Fri, 20 Feb 2015

The NSS has objected to proposed changes to Northern Ireland's equality laws which would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions". Read More »

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014

DUP backbencher Paul Givan has proposed a Bill to create a religious exemption in Northern Ireland's equality legislation, allowing businesses to refuse services on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions." Read More »

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Posted: Tue, 09 Sep 2014

The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Central Bedfordshire Council to reinstate a Christian registrar who was previously dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex weddings. Read More »

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate. Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage legalised in England and Wales

Same-Sex Marriage legalised in England and Wales

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill has been given royal assent and is now law. However, the first marriage is unlikely to take place before next summer as the Government has promised an inquiry into pension inequality and other matters. Read More »

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