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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 It’s relying on institutions and thinking that I think is out of date.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...

Ashers Baking Company is not giving up. The bakers lost last month in a Belfast court, but this week their lawyers took the first step in an appeal. Ashers was taken to court by the taxpayer-funded Equality Commission for Northern Ireland because it declined to produce a pro-gay marriage campaign cake. The owners of the bakery, the McArthurs, are appealing the decision saying: “We continue to insist that we have done nothing wrong as we have discriminated against no individual but rather...

Who would have thought it? Sir Patrick Stewart, star of stage and screen and prominent gay marriage supporter has backed the right of Ashers Baking Company to stand up for their beliefs about marriage. Sir Patrick, best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, has ‘boldly’ gone to the aid of the McArthur family, who hit the headlines for refusing to provide a cake promoting gay marriage. In an interview on Newsnight earlier this week he told presenter Evan Davis:...

The owners of Ashers Baking Company have announced plans to appeal last week’s judgment. A court ruled that the business discriminated against a customer by declining to decorate a pro-gay marriage campaign cake. The McArthur family refused to decorate the cake because of their firmly-held belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. But last week Judge Brownlie ruled that Ashers broke political and sexual orientation discrimination laws, and fined the business £500. Now the...

Same-sex marriage has been backed in Ireland, after nearly 2 million people voted in Friday’s referendum. But it was not the walkover some predicted. Turnout was 60.1 per cent, with 62.1 per cent supporting the change and 37.9 per cent opposing. 734,300 people voted ‘No’ to redefining marriage. ‘No’ to a change that radically alters the understanding of the word “marriage”. ‘No’ to a change which could lead to young children learning about gay marriage in storybooks at...

Voters in the Republic of Ireland have the opportunity today to stand up for marriage. It’s been a heated few months leading up to this referendum, with intimidation tactics from ‘Yes’ campaigners being made public. In April, photos appeared on social media of pro-traditional marriage posters being torn down. A group of MEPs have even asked the President of the European Parliament to intervene in the referendum, saying the vote has been “seriously compromised” – they highlighted...

Only yesterday we shared how editorials at the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express and the Belfast Telegraph expressed serious concern about the Ashers bakery ruling. But the criticism for the ruling just keeps on coming. In The Spectator, Melanie McDonagh spots the “simply astonishing” idea that workers at Ashers should be obliged to take part, “through their icing bags”, in promoting gay marriage. She said: “As Daniel McArthur, the general manager of Ashers, correctly...

Even those who would normally entirely disagree with the Coalition for Marriage are very concerned by this week’s ruling against Ashers Baking Company. The bakery was fined by a County Court judge for declining an order for a cake decorated with a pro-gay marriage campaign slogan. Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, pro-LGBT broadcaster Fionola Meredith said the ruling was about “silencing and punishing those who refuse to sign up to a clearly-flawed ‘equality’ agenda”. “If Ashers...

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