New Jersey Governor rejects child marriage ban

May 15, 2017 1 comment

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has refused to sign a bill which would make child marriage illegal in the state. The proposed legislation would have eliminated all exceptions to the minimum marriage age of 18 and would have made the so-called ‘Garden State’ the first in the US to do so. Throughout the United States,…

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Alabama anti-LGBT adoption protection approved

April 26, 2017 1 comment

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Lawmakers in Alabama have approved a bill to protect adoption agencies which refuse to place children with LGBT couples. Under this legislation, the southern state could not refuse to grant licences to any organisations which object to the idea of gay, lesbian and transgender parents on religious grounds. Supporters of the bill claim it was…

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Lesbian couple to adopt despite parents’ objections

March 27, 2017 1 comment

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A same sex couple in Australia has won their legal battle to adopt a child despite objections from the girl’s birth parents. The Supreme Court of New South Wales in the south-east of the country ruled that the prospective parents could adopt the four year-old they have cared for since she was six months old….

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10 year-old ‘must be educated in Islamic school’

March 19, 2017 4 comments

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A ten year-old boy is to attend an Islamic faith school in London despite his father’s objections. The child’s father had converted to Islam when he married the mother. However once their nine-year marriage came to an end, the man abandoned the faith. At the High Court he was described as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist. Since…

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Religion ‘protects against divorce’

December 18, 2016 0 comments

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Researchers have found a clear statistical link between religious observance and a lower likelihood of divorce. A team from Harvard University set out to explore the effect of religion on health and wellbeing, and found a strong connection with family stability: couples who regularly take part in religious activities such as attending a place of…

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Parents worry religion will isolate their children

November 4, 2016 0 comments

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Religious parents worry their faith will cause their children to be isolated at school. A newly published survey has revealed that almost a quarter of such parents (23 per cent) will not pass on their religious faith as a result of this concern. More than a third of participants (34 per cent) believed that social…

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Children of divorce ‘less religious’

September 28, 2016 0 comments

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Children whose parents divorce are more likely to grow up indifferent to religion, a US research group has claimed. According to the Washington DC-based Pubic Religion Research Institute, 35 per cent of American adults whose parents had divorced describe themselves as having no religion, compared to only 23 per cent of those whose parents remained…

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Pope on divorce: ‘no one can be condemned forever’

April 11, 2016 1 comment

Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to be more compassionate towards those who have divorced and remarried. He said that “no one can be condemned forever” as that would go against “the logic of the Gospel”. The comments were included in a 260-page document published this week called ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of…

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