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Christian worker wins unfair dismissal case after 'gay jibe'

A Christian nursery worker who was sacked after airing her views on homosexuality and marriage has won a discrimination claim against her former employer, her legal team has said.

Sarah Mbuyi, 31, was fired by Newpark Childcare in west London, for gross misconduct after telling a lesbian colleague her gay lifestyle was a sin. She claimed the sacking breached European law on religious freedom.

Sarah Mbuyi said she was relieved at the outcome of the tribunal which ruled in her favour. Credit: PA

The tribunal recognised that while the employer was "not anti-Christian" Miss Mbuyi had not been treated fairly.

The Christian Legal Centre, who supported Miss Mbuyi, said it was a "common sense" judgement.

Miss Mbuyi said: "I only ever responded to questions that my colleague asked me and wanted the very best for her. I give glory to God for the decision and say 'well done' to the Christian Legal Centre".

Tiffany Clutterbuck, a director of Newpark Childcare, told The Sunday Times that she was disappointed by the ruling.


Pope loses fight for wider acceptance of gay people

Pope Francis has suffered a setback as hardline Catholic bishops vetoed his proposal for a wider acceptance of gay people and Catholic divorcees.

Pope Francis called for a wider acceptance of gay people. Credit: Reuters

Despite Pope Francis warning traditionalists against "hostile rigidity" before the vote, bishops rejected language aimed at welcoming gay people and divorcees who have remarried into the Catholic Church.

Bishops said the document, which spoke of "accepting and valuing their (homosexuals') sexual orientations" and giving gays a "welcoming home", threatened to undermine the traditional family.

The final version said anti-gay discrimination is only "to be avoided".

Gay rights groups expressed disappointment at the decision.

'Unacceptable' that footballers fear anti-gay abuse

It is "unacceptable" that footballers still feel the need to hide their sexuality out of fear of abuse, a Liberal Democrat minister has said. Stephen Williams has called for anti-gay abuse to be tackled "with the same vigour" as racism.

Football clubs in England and Wales have done a frankly remarkable job at cracking down on racism since it was rife in the 1970s.

With the occasional exception that draws deserved criticism from fans up our game is leagues ahead of many of our European neighbours when it comes to integration.

– Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrats

Tackle homophobia 'same as racism in football'

Homophobia on the football terraces should be met with the same zero tolerance as racism, a Liberal Democrat minister has said.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams called for clubs, the Football Association and the police to tackle anti-gay abuse with the same vigour as racial discrimination.

Norwich City player wearing rainbow laces on their football boots as part of an anti-homophobia campaign Credit: PA
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