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Marriage counsellor claims religious discrimination

Marriage counsellor claims religious discrimination

Compensation on the grounds of religious discrimination is being sought by a marriage counsellor after he was fired by his employer three years ago.

According to the Daily Mail, Gary McFarlance was relieved of his duties at Relate - a charity that provides relationship support to around 150,000 Britons annually - in 2008 after he refused to give sexual advice to homosexual couples.

Mr McFarlane claims he was unable to provide assistance to gay partners due to his Christian beliefs and therefore feels his employer was unreasonable in failing to acknowledge his religion.

He originally lost a plea of unfair dismissal during a tribunal that concluded in April 2010, but the professional has now taken his claim to the European Court of Human Rights on the belief he has been treated unjustly.

The news source added that Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, is supporting Mr McFarlane in this instance.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas