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Time for gay wedding?
Gay marriage

The debate over gay marriage is back on the agenda with evidence that the government might allow religious elements into civil partnership ceremonies. In a parliamentary answer recently, equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said the coalition government might introduce the religious elements into the ceremonies. Such a move would make civil partnerships effectively indistinguishable from traditional… Read more »

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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Gay asylum policy under fire
Gay asylum policy in tatters following legal defeat

By Ian Dunt The policy of returning gay asylum seekers back to their country of origin has been dealt a double blow with a supreme court defeat and condemnation from the United Nations (UN). The supreme court upheld appeals from two men – one from Cameroon and the other from Iran – who claimed they… Read more »