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No appeal hearing for Christian counsellor over same-sex couple beliefs

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McFarlane v Relate Avon Ltd 29 April 2010 CA

religious discrimination | refusal to counsel same-sex couples

The Court of Appeal has refused an application against an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision that a counsellor who was dismissed after he refused to give advice to same-sex couples was not discriminated against because of his religious beliefs. In doing so, the Court of Appeal rejected former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey's call for a specialist panel of judges to hear cases involving religious rights.