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Christian Loses Appeal Against Gay Unions

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A Christian wedding registrar in the United Kingdom who argued that threats over her refusal to carry out gay unions constituted discrimination lost her appeal in court.

Lillian Ladele (pictured), a wedding registrar in north London who does not believe in same-sex marriage, appealed the overturn of an employment tribunal's ruling that warnings of dismissal from her job amounted to discrimination on the basis of her religious views.

According to Reuters, the appeals court ruled that the need to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation superseded Ladele's arguments about religious freedom.

"Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, said: 'The legislature has decided that the requirements of a modern liberal democracy ... include outlawing discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services on grounds of sexual orientation, subject only to very limited exceptions,'" reported Reuters.

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