The House of Bishops says church teaching on marriage means sex should only be for a man and a woman within a marriage and not a civil partnership.  In 2019, the law changed to allow people of the opposite sex to also obtain a civil partnership, having previously only been available to gay couples. The Church of England's House of Bishops, which makes up one of the three Houses of the General Synod, has now released its response to whether these partnerships, and indeed homosexual ones, should receive blessings in the Church of England. The group is made up of 42 diocesan bishops and nine elected suffragan bishops as well as the Bishop of Dover and Bishop to the Armed Forces. 

JTA — Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is flying a yellow flag to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day at his official residence in the capital Belgrade. The flag, which bears a Star of David and the word “Jude,” is meant to evoke the yellow star badge that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. It is flying alongside the Serbian national flag at the Novi Dvor building. Vucic tweeted a photo of the flag on Tuesday with the words “This sign was a symbol of an attempt to destroy the Jewish people by the Nazis. Today it is a badge of honor. 75 years later. Never again.” Vucic is scheduled to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Thursday. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27.

A midwifery student is threatening legal action against her university after it cancelled her hospital placement over her pro-life views. Julia Rynkiewicz was suspended from her placement after a lecturer at the University of Nottingham reported her involvement with the university’s Students for Life society. Despite the allegations against her being dismissed, the university’s inquiry forced her to delay her studies. She will now graduate a year later than her peers and without access to student finance. Rynkiewicz has raised a formal complaint against the university and is seeking an apology. She said she is “willing to take this as far as necessary”. “I think it is important to remember that being pro-life isn’t incompatible with being a midwife.” The trainee midwife added that she hopes the university will change so that “no one else has to go through what I have”.