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Business owners and shopkeepers who decline orders on conscience grounds should not face legal action, says a new survey. Nearly seven in ten back right of businesses to follow their beliefs. More than six in ten believe it was wrong to take Ashers Baking Company to court. Young most likely to back court action. Public sector employees generally more likely to back court action. Business owners and shopkeepers who decline orders on conscience grounds should not face legal action, says...

Same-sex marriage rejected in Mexico

Posted on 17th, November 2016


Plans to re-define marriage have been struck down in Mexico. Same-sex marriage is currently allowed in Mexico City and several other states, but President Enrique Pena Nieto wanted it to be legalised nationwide. His proposals were rejected by 19 votes to 8 in Mexico’s Lower House. Edgar Castillo Martinez, Chairman of the Commission on Constitutional Matters, said the outcome means that the matter is now “totally and definitely concluded”. The attempt to undermine marriage had sparked...


The Bill advocating a public vote on redefining marriage in Australia has been blocked. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had intended to hold a plebiscite in February 2017 but on Monday the Bill was rejected in the Senate by 33 votes to 29. Campaigners against same-sex marriage responded by calling on politicians to now focus on other issues. Australian political analyst Nick Economou said: “There has been an excessive preoccupation with a small number of social-policy issues. Maybe the...


Former Tory Minister Ann Widdecombe has spoken out in support of Ashers Baking Company, after last month’s disappointing ruling on the so-called ‘gay cake case’. Writing in her regular column for The Daily Express, Widdecombe said the ruling against the McArthur family, who own Ashers, was a “legal nonsense”. She said that the family would have provided another cake for customer Gareth Lee but they could not aid the promotion of his campaign in favour of same-sex...

Ashers bakery loses appeal

Posted on 26th, October 2016


The Court of Appeal in Belfast ruled against Ashers Baking Company yesterday. This sad news is a significant blow to freedom of speech. In this well-known case the McArthur family, who own Ashers, declined to produce a campaign cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” because of their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The case against them was brought by the taxpayer-funded Northern Ireland Equality Commission. Judges at the Court of Appeal have decided that the...


The outcome of the widely-reported ‘gay cake’ case will be known on Monday 24 October, when judges hand down their decision at the Court of Appeal in Belfast. Ashers Baking Company were taken to court by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, for refusing to decorate a cake bearing the slogan ‘support same-sex marriage’. In 2015, Judge Isobel Brownlie ruled that the bakery had broken the law and discriminated against customer Gareth Lee. The McArthur family strongly contest this...


Workers who support traditional marriage face being sacked, demoted or having their wages cut if Northern Ireland introduces same-sex marriage. It fell to our Campaign Director Colin Hart to make this clear ahead of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson speaking at a pro-redefinition event yesterday in Belfast. Mr Hart explained that Coalition for Marriage and its 40,000 members in Northern Ireland do not believe that same-sex marriage would be a positive step. “Rewriting the...


Australians are gearing up for a public vote on same-sex marriage in 2017. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has signalled that a national vote may take place early next year. Such a plebiscite would not, however, be binding and politicians would still need to debate and review the issue. Campaigners against redefinition are drawing much-needed attention to the importance of children in the debate. “Same-sex marriage makes it impossible to assert that children, wherever possible, should be...


Today David Cameron announced he would resign and listed redefining marriage as one of his most significant ‘achievements’ while in power. This despite half of his MPs voting against him on the issue in 2013, despite the outcry it caused among the grassroots of his party, and despite the 669,444 people who signed our petition. Speaking in Downing Street, he said: “I’m very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years. “I believe...


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) doesn’t have a 100 per cent track record with stats on marriage. In 2013 the ONS was considering airbrushing traditional marriage out of its records, but after C4M supporters responded, it changed tack. Now, as it works on the next census, the statistics group has suggested that another change might be on the way. In its summary of responses to a consultation on the nation’s questionnaire, the ONS states that following the introduction of same-sex...

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