Magistrate sues over his views

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Richard Page, a 71-year-old Christian magistrate who was sacked after saying that straight couples make better parents than gay ones, is claiming he was discriminated against.

He was sacked in March 2016 by Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Lord Thomas, who said his public comments suggested he was ‘biased and prejudiced against single-sex adopters’, then the NHS Trust Development Authority suspended him from his role as a non-executive director at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Mr Page is suing the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice for religious discrimination, claiming that his views on gay adoption are rooted in his Christian beliefs.

Magistrate who said gay couples aren’t as good parents sues over sacking


Gay “cures” only ‘under review’ in UK. Not good enough, Government!

The UK government has said it is keeping its stance on gay ‘cure’ therapy “under review”, according to Pink News.

Conversion therapy is already illegal in several countries, two Canadian provinces and nine US states – but the UK government has previously rejected calls to take a harder line on the issue.

The NHS has signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding that bans it from referring anyone to conversion therapy services, but unregulated gay ‘cure’ therapists remain free to operate in the UK.

The Government has repeatedly refused to ban gay conversion therapies. However, health minister Jackie Doyle-Price said the government does not hold any statistics on the issue. “The evidence base is clear that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but is potentially harmful to participants. That is why officials have worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, including the UK Council for Psychotherapy, to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to help put a stop to this bogus treatment.”

Stop faffing about and get on with it, before one of your own children is harmed by these nutters.

Not on our screens, you don’t

The Vue Cinema in London cancelled a private screening for the Christian group Core Issues Trust of the film “Voices of the Silenced” which promotes the use of gay cure therapies to change peoples’ sexuality.

The documentary tells the stories of 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyles” and aims to “preserve and promote teachings on sexual ethics”.

Core Issues Trust promotes “change-oriented processes” for “relationally and sexually damaged and wounded adults who seek wholeness”. Mike Davidson, who leads Core Issues Trust, said the film was not about a “gay cure” but “the rights of individuals to access help and support for unwanted homosexual feelings”.


Costa Rica’s Presidential election gets nasty to gays

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An international court ruling saying Costa Rica should allow same-sex marriage has changed the country’s presidential race, turning an evangelical former singer candidate who opposes gay marriage from an also-ran with just 2 percent support into the leading contender in today’s vote.

Fabricio Alvarado, 43, vaulted from 2 per cent to 16.9 percent in a recent survey. His nearest rivals were Antonio Alvarez of the National Liberation Party with 12.4 percent, and Carlos Alvarado of the governing Citizens’ Action Party with 10.6 percent (no relation). If no candidate tops 40 percent in the vote, the first two finishers advance to a second round on April 1.

More than two-thirds of Costa Ricans oppose the court’s ruling, which requires the Catholic country to grant same-sex couples rights to adopt children and receive inheritances and other benefits from their partners. About 76 percent of Costa Ricans identify as Roman Catholic and 14 percent as evangelical, according to the CIA World Factbook.

VOA notes:

as the only major candidate openly backing same-sex marriage, Carlos Alvarado also saw his poll numbers rise about 5 percent recently as he attracted socially liberal voters who oppose Fabricio Alvarado’s anti-gay marriage stance.

Sunday’s outcome is very much up in the air with more than two-thirds of likely voters undecided, according to the CIEP poll.

Priest appeals

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who was prevented from working as a hospital chaplain in Nottinghamshire after marrying his partner Laurence Cunnington in April 2014, has urged senior judges to find he suffered discrimination.

He was a Church of England priest for more than 30 years but had his permission to officiate revoked after he married. He was also denied a licence which left him unable to take up a job offer at the King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

He renewed his fight at London’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday, where his lawyers argued the earlier rulings should be overturned. The hearing continues today.

Keep a-knocking but you can’t come in!

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Pastor Steven Anderson of Arizona, was prevented from boarding a flight to Jamaica after the authorities there decided to deny him entry. He runs the Faithful Word Baptist Church and says that homosexuality is an abomination and should be punishable by death. Anderson has already been barred from South Africa and deported from Botswana.

Jamaican officials said his statements were “not conducive to the current climate”.

Anderson had planned to travel to Jamaica with his 14-year-old son to carry out “missionary work” when he was prevented by airline officials from boarding the plane yesterday.

The LGBT community in Jamaica started a petition asking the Jamaican government to ban Mr Anderson, which was signed by more than 38,000 people.

Parliament: this time PLEASE ban gay conversion therapy for once and for all

MP Ben Bradshaw has had another try at persuading Parliament to outlaw gay cure conversion therapies.

The BBC notes that

The Church of England has been calling for the highly controversial practice to be outlawed, after its ruling body voted for a ban last year.

Ministers condemned the “therapy” but have refused to meet Church campaigners to discuss the issue.

Now, Tory MP and church commissioner Caroline Spelman has vowed to set up a meeting with the minister in charge.

Caroline Spelman said the government had made it clear to campaigners in a letter that it was “strongly against” the practice but did not want to legislate against it because “existing voluntary registers provide safeguards for the public”.

There are many who disagree with that, and are convinced it is time to make such “gay cure therapies” a crime.