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  • Australia: forced to close

    The Christian Institute

    A wedding magazine run by Christians was forced to close in December because it wouldn’t feature same-sex couples.

    Luke and Carla Burrell, who started White Magazine 12 years ago, said the publication had been targeted by homosexual activists following Australia’s decision to redefine marriage. Their advertisers began to pull out, and the couple said the magazine was no longer economically viable as a result. They received a flood of online abuse after explaining their stance on marriage.

  • Belgium: botched death

    Associated Press

    Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanised a woman with autism, it was reported in December.

    The 38-year-old had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, two months before she was euthanised by a doctor in an apparently legal killing that she had asked for. Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s.