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US companes lobby for equal marriage

Several large corporations in the US are due to file a Supreme Court brief later this week, basically calling on the US Supreme Court to rule that US laws banning same-sex marriages – such as California’s Proposition 8 – are unconstitutional under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses.  

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has announced that he is stepping down from his position as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, following allegations – which he contests – of inappropriate behaviour with fellow priests.