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2002
Europe

Post-operative transsexuals can marry who they like

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A male to female transsexual was still considered male, so couldn't marry a man. This was a violation of her right to privacy. Two years later, the Gender Recognition Act gave legal recognition to transsexuals in their acquired gender.

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Equality
2011
UK

Employees can’t be treated badly because they are gay

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A pub's management forced a gay employee to make the pub less welcoming to gay people, then made comments about him being gay, pushing him to resign. He won his case as he had been badly treated because of his sexuality.

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Disability
2011
UK

You can’t shut a library without considering impact on disabled people

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Individuals, including a man with a learning disability, challenged changes to councils’ library services. Equality duties had been breached by the councils’ failures to consider the potential impact on the disabled

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Equality
2000
Europe

Consensual gay activity is legal

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A man was prosecuted for gross indecency for taking part in gay group sex. The European Court of Human Rights said this was a violation of his right to privacy. The law was changed in 2003 by the Sexual Offences Act.

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Equality
2004
Europe

Gypsies have same right to keep their homes as caravan owners

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The Council wanted to evict a gypsy family because of anti-social behaviour. The family won its case and were allowed to stay. The government changed the law shortly afterwards to protect gypsies from eviction.

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Equality
2013
UK

You can’t refuse a couple a double bed because they’re gay

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Christian bed and breakfast hotel owners refused a double-bedded room to a same sex couple becasue they weren't married. Gay people couldn't get married. The Supreme Court said this was discrimination.

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Equality
1995
Europe

Rape is accepted as essentially debasing

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A man appealed against his conviction of raping his wife, arguing that rape in marriage wasn't a crime at the time. The European Court rejected this, and said attitudes to rape were travelling in a clear direction that was defined and foreseeable.

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Disability
2004
UK

Disabled people must be able to access public transport too

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A wheelchair user wanted a train company to pay for a taxi to assist his train travel. The court said as long as it was reasonably practicable, disabled people should be given equivalent access to public transport.

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    Equality
    2002
    Europe

    Transgender people have equal rights, including to marry

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    Christine Goodwin complained she was not entitled to the same employment, social security and pension rights as those born female. The European Court said that was discrimination. Shortly afterwards, the UK introduced a system which allowed transsexual people to be legally recognised in their new gender.

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    Equality
    2004
    Europe

    Women can’t be forced to take their husband’s name

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    A married woman who took her husband's name wasn't allowed to continue using her maiden name in her professional life. This was judged to be an interference with her private life, and discriminatory.

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      Equality
      1997
      Europe

      The age of consent is equal for all

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      The UK had an higher age of consent for homosexuals. The European Court said this discriminated against Mr Surtherland and violated his right to privacy. The UK government then committed to equalise the age of consent, which it did in 2000.

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      Equality
      1999
      UK

      Same-sex couples can be a family

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      A man was not allowed to inherit the council flat of his long-term male partner, who had died, because they were gay. The court said this was discrimination. He won his case.

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        Equality
        2008
        Europe

        A local authority can’t refuse gay adoption applications

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        A lesbian applied to adopt the child of her long-term partner and was refused. The European Court of Human Rights said that was discrimination. She won her case.

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        Disability
        2013
        UK

        The social care system must be fair to disabled people

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        Getting employment and support allowance required a questionnaire and usually a face-to-face interview. This was causing major problems for people with mental health problems. The court said the system was unlawfully discriminating against them.

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          50 Cases
          2004
          UK

          No race barriers to asylum

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          British immigration officers at Prague airport were told to make it more difficult for Roma people to come here. The court said that racial discrimination at any point in the asylum process is not permitted, and no race of people is excluded from the right to asylum.

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            Disability
            2010
            UK

            The law now protects disabled people in many areas

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            The Equality Act outlaws discrimination on grounds of disability, age, sex, race, religion and other characteristics, at work and when receiving services. It brought together all existing anti-discrimination law.

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            Equality
            2012
            Europe

            Gypsy families must have stronger rights to challenge eviction

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            Mrs Buckland was evicted from her caravan site following anti-social behaviour by her son and non-payment of bills by herself. She complained that had not had the chance to appeal against her conviction. She won her case.

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            Equality
            1985
            Europe

            Female immigrants get the same protection as male immigrants

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            Three women were legally resident in the UK. Their husbands, resident abroad, were not allowed to live in the UK with their wives and families. They successfully challenged the rules, which were later changed.

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            Disability
            2014
            UK

            Closing adult day care centres without consultation is wrong

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            A disabled adult challenged the closure of an adult day care centre. The failure to consult users and relatives before the council decided to close it had been unlawful.

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            Equality
            1981
            Europe

            Being gay is not a crime

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            A Northern Irish man had been interrogated by the local police on his sexual activities - he was gay and Northern Ireland's law punished homosexuality. The European Court ruled his right to privacy had been breached. Shortly afterwards, Northern Ireland decriminalised homosexuality.

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            Disability
            2015
            UK

            A disabled person can’t be evicted if it’s discriminatory

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            A disabled man facing eviction said he was being discriminated against by his landlord. The Supreme Court said that judges have to consider discrimination eviction cases carefully and in detail.

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              1772
              UK

              Slavery is odious

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              A slave escaped then was imprisoned by his "master" on a ship bound for Jamaica, where he would be sold. Lord Mansfield ordered his release and said there was no support for slavery in English law: "The state of slavery...is so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it". A key moment for the abolition movement.

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              Equality
              2004
              UK

              An employer can’t refuse to employ transgender people

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              A person who had an operation to become a woman was refused a job as a police officer. She won her case as she had not got the job because she was a transsexual.

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              Equality
              2014
              UK

              Transgender people can stay married after changing gender

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              Gay couples can convert their civil partnerships to marriages. Transgender people do not now have to get divorced following surgery.

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