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A man from Bristol who was sacked for saying his Christian beliefs prevented him giving sex therapy to gay couples has lost his legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights.

The judges found the decision by the guidance service Relate to sack Gary McFarlane WAS designed to ensure that no clients were discriminated against. The Christian Legal Centre, which took up his case, argued HE was the one who suffered. Bob Constantine reports from the group's offices in London.

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Christian nurse loses crucifix case

A nurse from Exeter who was transferred to a desk job after refusing to remove a Christian crucifix says she's "disappointed" after losing her latest legal battle at the European Court of Human Rights.

Shirley Chaplin was told by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital that she couldn't wear the necklace for Health and Safety reasons. An employment tribunal upheld that decision, but she says she was a victim of religious discrimination.

She was backed by a Christian organisation, from whose offices Bob Constantine reports.

Marriage counsellor loses religious rights case

Former Relate counsellor, Gary McFarlane

A marriage counsellor from Bristol, who was sacked for saying he might object to offering sex therapy to homosexuals, has lost his case at the European Court of Human Rights.

51 year old Gary McFarlane, had argued that his employer had contravened the European Convention on Human Rights which prohibits religious discrimination and allow "freedom of thought, conscience and religion".

Mr McFarlane branded the ruling "regrettable" and said the issues would never have arisen if he had been of another faith. "The reality is if I were Muslim this case would not be where it is, it would not have been touched at all," he said.

And he said he was ostracised because of his beliefs which prevented him from working for the NHS.

Marriage counsellor loses Christian case

A marriage counsellor from Bristol, who was sacked for saying he might object to offering sex therapy to homosexuals, has lost his case at the European Court of Human Rights.

51 year old Gary McFarlane, had argued that his employer had contravened the European Convention on Human Rights which prohibits religious discrimination and allow "freedom of thought, conscience and religion".

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Christian nurse loses case

A nurse from Exeter who claimed she had been discriminated against for wearing a cross to work, has lost her case. Shirley Chaplin had argued that her employer, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, had contravened the European Convention on Human Rights.

She said she had work the crucifix to work without any apparent problem for nearly thirty years.

Mrs Chaplin said British Christians would be devastated by the ruling and called on the Prime Minister to fulfil a pledge to change the law in Britain to allow crosses to be worn at work.

She said: "In one hand Mr Cameron is saying he will allow crosses to be worn at work and then you've got the other side of the story where health and safety trumps religious beliefs - somewhere there needs to be a more equal balance."

Christian nurse awaits ruling

Nurse, Shirley Chaplin Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The European Court of Human Rights is due to rule today on whether nurse, Shirley Chaplin, from Exeter was discriminated against after being told she could no longer wear a cross at work.

Mrs Chaplin, from Exeter, was moved to a paperwork role by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust in Devon after she refused to take off a confirmation cross.

She had worn the crucifix to work without any apparent problem for nearly thirty years.

She argued that her employer contravened the European Convention on Human Rights which prohibit religious discrimination and allow "freedom of thought, conscience and religion".