Ruling: Religious beliefs no reason to oppose rights of same-sex couples

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Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that religious beliefs may not justify opposing the rights of same-sex couples. British laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation were upheld.


The Strasbourg court examined four cases brought by Christians, including two who argued their beliefs allowed them to refuse a service to same-sex couples.

In the first case, Lillian Ladele was a civil registrar in London. She was dismissed because she refused officiating at civil partnership ceremonies for same-sex couples after it became legal in 2005. She claimed she was discriminated because of her faith.

The Court ruled there had been no discrimination, and that British courts—who upheld her dismissal—had struck the right balance between her right to freedom of religion, and same-sex couples’ right not to be discriminated.

In the second case, Gary McFarlane was a counsellor providing psycho-sexual therapy to couples. He was dismissed for refusing to work with same-sex couples, arguing this was incompatible with his beliefs. The Court ruled unanimously that there had been no violation of his right to freedom of belief.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. In reply to #1 by Vorlund:

    How long will it be before we hear a bishop snivelling to the media about xtians being persecuted for the beliefs?

    They already have done. Haven’t you heard the Pope lately? There’s an aggressive wave of agnosticism sweeping Europe and damaging the moral fibre!

  2. In the second case, Gary McFarlane was a counsellor providing psycho-sexual therapy to couples.

    He was dismissed for refusing to work with same-sex couples, arguing this was incompatible with his beliefs. The Court ruled unanimously that there had been no violation of his right to freedom of belief.

    He should have been dismissed earlier! Why would any rational person seek “counselling” from someone like this? – and what sort of organisation would trust such a person to give competent honest counselling?

    The religious homophobes really can’t mind their own business, so just have to try to take any opportunity to shove their ignorance down everyone’s throats !

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