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Campaigners hail school decision to let pupils choose gender identity

February 22, 2017 The Guardian: Private school St Paul’s Girls’ new protocol allows students to use boys’ names and wear boys’ clothes.

Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership challenge

February 22, 2017 BBC News: A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

LGBTI activists deluge Christian event with fake names, filth

February 22, 2017 The Australian: Security guards have been hired to protect a small group of Christians at a Baptist church in East Melbourne after social justice warriors attempted to sabotage their weekend community event by registering 54,000 fake attendees using offensive, degrading ­language.

An old faith, a long conflict

February 21, 2017 ABC Online: The Coptic Church constitutes the largest Christian minority in the Middle East - but their numbers are falling, as Coptic refugees to the West steadily increase in number. In Egypt, after decades of persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists, Copts hoped that the 'Arab Spring' might signal a turnaround in their fortunes. But while there are some signs of hope, life for Egyptian Copts is still precarious. We hear the stories of Coptic Christians who have sought asylum in Australia.

‘Some people don’t like the phrase man and wife’ – the campaign for equal civil partnerships

February 21, 2017 The Guardian: There are lots of straight couples who don’t want to get married but worry about the financial and legal risks of cohabiting. Extending civil partnerships could be one answer – and the pressure is growing.

Norma McCorvey, the Roe in Roe v. Wade That Legalized Abortion, Dies at 69

February 20, 2017 Christian Post: Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as "Jane Roe" in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, died Saturday. She was 69.

Church of England bishops seek to repair divisions over same-sex relationships

February 20, 2017 The Guardian: Archbishops suggest another debate at the next meeting of the synod and plan to press ahead with ‘teaching document’ on marriage and sexuality.

Florist Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Washington State Supreme Court Rules

February 19, 2017 New York Times: A florist who refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding cannot claim religious belief as a defense under the state’s anti-discrimination laws, Washington’s high court said Thursday, in a case that has been watched around the nation by religious and civil rights groups.

Bishop apologises for accidentally pressing wrong button in vote

February 19, 2017 The Guardian: A Church of England bishop has been forced to apologise to the archbishop of Canterbury after accidentally breaking ranks with his colleagues in a crucial vote on same-sex relationships.

Church of England vote on gay marriage

February 17, 2017 THE Church of England’s crucial vote on gay marriage has been thrown into chaos after some clergy claimed they “got confused” and “pressed the wrong button”.

C of E in disarray over gay marraige

February 17, 2017 The Church of England's legislative body has voted against a report from bishops that rejected the idea of blessing same-sex marriages, the latest row over an issue that has divided the Church for years.

More than 90 percent of universities are restricting free speech, study finds

February 17, 2017 UK Telegraph: More than 90 percent of British universities have been involved in restricting free speech on campus this year, a new survey claims.

Church of England votes to reject controversial gay marriage report which said union should be betwe

February 16, 2017 UK Telegraph: The Church of England's General Synod has voted to reject a controversial report on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

I’m a bleeding-heart liberal cleric –but the Church of England must not accept gay marriage

February 16, 2017 UK Telegraph: This week sweethearts of the same sex were able to exchange Valentine cards purchased, for the first time, from that bellwether of Middle England’s tastes, Sainsbury’s. And on Wednesday the General Synod of the Church of England meets and will be asked, inter alia, to “take note of” (that is, approve) a report from its bishops that holy matrimony can only ever be between one man and one woman.

Bishop orders inquiry over sex abuse report

February 14, 2017 THE Anglican Bishop of Tasmania has launched an investigation into the response of former church leader Bishop Philip Newell to complaints of sexual abuse by clergy.

A ‘network of sexual perpetrators’ operated in Anglican church youth group, royal commission finds

February 14, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: A "network of sexual perpetrators" used an Anglican church youth group to prey on young boys over a period of decades from the 1970s to the 1990s with church leaders failing to report allegations, a royal commission has found.

Church of England ministers could work beyond the age of 70 to ease recruitment crisis 

February 14, 2017 UK Telegraph: Senior Church of England ministers look set to be allowed to work beyond 70, as its ruling body votes on the issue for the first time amid concerns about a shortage of clergy.

Indonesian church closed for years told: you can reopen if mosque allowed on your land

February 13, 2017 World Watch Monitor: An Indonesian church closed for years by order of the local mayor has been told it can reopen if a mosque is also allowed on its premises.

Pro-life rally ahead of Qld abortion vote

February 13, 2017 Pro-life advocates have marched in Brisbane to heap pressure on Queensland MPs to oppose an independent bill seeking to decriminalise abortion.

Anglicans braced for new clashes over gay marriage in church

February 13, 2017 UK Telegraph: The English Anglican church is set for a renewed clash on the divisive question of gay marriage this week when its ruling body votes on a key report from the Bishops on same sex relationships.