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The founder of a think tank has blasted the Government for targeting schools which uphold marriage in an attempt to tackle extremism. Claire Fox, who heads up the Institute of Ideas, said that plans for Extremism Disruption Orders will undermine free speech in order to promote ‘British values’. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Fox said: “When you break it down you then see that they’re actually betraying the civil liberties, the rule of law, they’re actually dictating what teachers teach in...

Novak Djokovic: “Get married!”

Posted on 24th, July 2015

It was good to see Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic attributing his recent success to getting married. Lifting the trophy in front of childhood sweetheart Jelena on their first anniversary the world number one and three-time Wimbledon winner said: “When I go back home, I’m not a tennis player any more. I’m a father and a husband. “That’s a kind of balance that I think allows me to play this well. Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I...

Marriage is between a man and a woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Speaking to popular YouTube personality LeFloid, Mrs Merkel said she did support civil partnerships but believed marriage was solely between people of the opposite sex. She also indicated that holding such a view is not discrimination. The Chancellor commented: “I’m someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination. “We have come a long way; when I remember, 25 years ago, many people...

Throughout our campaign in England and Wales, C4M highlighted the potential dangerous consequences of redefining marriage. One of these included the very real threat that polygamy or ‘group marriage’ would be the next battle ground. Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court voted to impose same-sex marriage on every state, there are already calls for polygamy to be introduced. Andy Izenson, an attorney who campaigns on gender and sexuality, told Huffington Post that the same...

A legal challenge on the outcome of the Irish same-sex marriage referendum means that gay marriages could be held off until next year. Two men are appealing against the referendum result in Ireland’s Court of Appeal and the case may progress as far as the Supreme Court. A senior official in the Irish Government said: “Our hands are tied. We are at the mercy of the courts.” The Government had hoped to get the marriage redefinition wheels turning by Christmas but admitted that “it looks...

Talking about introducing laws to protect freedom of conscience is “offensive”, according to the man whose legal campaign culminated in last month’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in the USA. Jim Obergefell also said that public officials should not be allowed any reasonable accommodation to act in accordance with their beliefs, in comments that will strike many as illiberal. He told the Guardian: “Religious freedom is still guaranteed by the constitution. There is...

People should be free to express their views on subjects like same-sex marriage, rather than have their opinions shut down and labeled ‘extreme’. That’s the view of Labour MP for Bolton South East, Yasmin Qureshi. She made her comments on the BBC’s World at One, in a debate with Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi on plans for new extremism legislation. Qureshi told presenter Martha Kearney that people had written to her expressing orthodox religious views on homosexuality, and that people...

Singer-songwriter Will Young has said that politicians who vote against gay marriage are homophobic. In an interview with Channel 4 he said that it was a “paradox” for Nicky Morgan to have voted against the redefinition of marriage and now be acting as Equalities Minister. He said: “For me it certainly shows a lack of liberal thinking. It’s relying on institutions and thinking that I think is out of date. “So in that sense it is a little bit homophobic.” “Can you be a little bit...

“Just who do we think we are?” wrote John Roberts, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court on Friday – one of four judges to issue scathing criticism of their colleagues’ ruling to impose same-sex marriage across America. A sobering question from the most senior of the nine judges who last week set aside almost 250 years of US law to find by five votes to four that same-sex marriage is now a Constitutional right. Roberts said that “the Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than...

Since the introduction of same-sex marriage we have drawn attention to ordinary people around the UK who have found their reputations and livelihoods attacked for standing by their beliefs. Sadly the Government is about to make the situation much worse. The Home Secretary’s proposed Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) are set to be contained in the new counter-extremism Bill. We back stopping jihadists, but these vague EDOs appear to be so broadly defined that even supporters of...

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