Religion and law round-up – 14th June

A week in which assisted dying was in the news again, the C of E appointed a new Secretary General, the Scottish Episcopal Church may have moved towards recognising same-sex marriage – and there was another episode in the Naked Rambler saga…

Assisted dying

When we suggested that Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill was unlikely to make much progress in the current session of Parliament we evidently spoke too soon. Rob Marris, Labour Member for Wolverhampton South West, came top of the Commons ballot for private Members’ bills and has decided to introduce an Assisted Dying Bill (presumably similar to or identical with Lord Falconer’s). It is set down for second reading on 11 September.

New Secretary General for the C of E Archbishops’ Council

The other big news of the week was that William Nye, currently Principal Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, is to succeed William Fittall as Secretary General of the Archbishops’ Council and of the General Synod, taking over full responsibility on 1 December.

Mbuyi v Newpark Childcare

In an earlier post we mentioned in passing that a London nursery worker, Ms Sarah Mbuyi, was suing Newark Childcare for unfair dismissal after she told a lesbian colleague about her beliefs on same-sex marriage. Continue reading