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  • The state of Wisconsin and its capital city of Madison cannot legally force a Christian photographer to photograph same-sex weddings, a court has said.

    Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative legal group defending evangelical Christian photographer Amy Lawson, announced that Dane County Circuit Court vowed in a hearing Tuesday to issue an order declaring that Lawson is exempt from city and state laws that could force her to photograph same-sex weddings or face crippling punishments.

    ADF explained in a press release that although the court has not yet officially issued a preliminary injunction in the case, it is expected to do so in the coming weeks.

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  • An Open Letter containing a Resolution from St John, Newland PCC, 17th July 2017

    To his Grace, the Archbishop of York,

    The PCC considers the response by the Archbishop of York to Mrs Andrea Williams' amendment of Item 48 at the July General Synod of the Church of England, 2017, in terms of what was said, to indicate theological ineptitude at best and error at worst; and how it was said, as intemperate and ungodly. As such there was a failure to meet the standard required of a bishop according to Titus 1:7-9. Neither did the Archbishop display his canonical duty to 'with all faithful diligence…. banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's Word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same' in relation to Item 58.

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  • The UK's Education Secretary has said the Church of England should 'keep up' with modern attitudes in society and allow gay marriage in its churches.

    Same-sex marriage remains illegal under the Church of England's canon law, though the Church remains divided on its future direction.

    Justine Greening, the British Education Secretary since 2016, told Sky News yesterday: 'I think it is important that the church in a way keeps up and is part of a modern country,' according to The Telegraph.

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  • Under new government plans, adults will be allowed to change their gender without a doctor's diagnosis.

    This will mean that the current rule where people have to live for two years as their desired gender before they can officially change sex will go.

    The current rule where people must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person's biological sex and identity does not match, will be scrapped.

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  • Same-sex marriages have been legal since 2014 but many religious institutions – including the Church of England, Catholic church, United Synagogue, and Muslim Council of Britain – have chosen not to recognise the unions or perform the ceremonies.

    Justine Greening, the Women and Equalities Secretary, said that religious institutions should "keep up" with public opinion – which has been shifting towards acceptance of same-sex marriage.

    "It is important that the church, in a way, keeps up and is part of a modern country," she told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

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  • A consultation will be launched in the autumn on the current provisions of the Gender Recognition Act, which currently requires a person to live for two years as their desired gender before they can officially change sex.

    The Government is also suggesting scrapping the requirement for people to be formally diagnosed with "gender dysphoria" before applying to switch gender.

    The current law says people wanting to be legally recognised as the opposite to their birth gender in the UK need to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.

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  • Hardcore porn use has become a new normal. Young people access it freely and regularly, older people do the same but pretend not to, and many Christians wrestle with it as a 'secret struggle'. Now law-makers in the UK are aiming to restrict its use among under 18s with an ambitious new Act of Parliament. But will it really work?

    The way that young people consume pornography has changed to a terrifying extent over the last two decades. Since the dawn of widespread Internet access in the mid 1990s, we've moved from secret viewing of so-called 'hardcore' images, to easy and unlimited access to highly explicit video, to near-normalisation of both. Estimates on the average age of first exposure range from about 8-12. Young people discuss their favourite sites, and swap links to videos, as if they were talking about football transfer rumours or trading Pokemon cards. Porn isn't just mainstream in youth culture, it's everyday.

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  • The morning after the EU referendum last summer, I was in a buoyant mood as I set off for work.

    I welcomed the decision by the British people to embrace genuine independence for our country. But the moment I arrived at the West London school where I worked as a computer science teacher, my cheerfulness was punctured.

    At once I was taken aside by the headteacher, who knew where my sympathies lay, and warned not to mention Brexit in front of the staff or students. 'You can't talk about it. They are very upset and angry about the result. Besides, many of our kids are from Europe,' he told me in reproving tones.

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  • The government has moved closer to enforcing age verification for the use of online pornography in the UK.

    Mininister have announced it'll bring about the change from next Spring.

    Under new powers contained in the Digital Economy Act, which passed through Parliament earlier this year, a regulator will be able to block porn websites that fail to show that they are denying access to under-18s, for instance by demanding credit card details.

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  • A prominent group of ex-Muslims could be banned from future Pride marches in London after a mosque complained about their criticisms of Islam.

    Activists affiliated to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) took part in the march on Saturday 8 July. Their signs bore slogans such as "Allah is gay," "Throw ISIS off the roof" and "Islamophobia is an oxymoron".

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