Comments: civil partnerships: church legislation changes

Didn't Stephen Bates more or less predict something like this? Oh, the joys of establishment....

Posted by k1eranc at Tuesday, 13 December 2005 at 10:08am GMT

In a landmark judgment, the House of Lords has ruled that clergy may (in some cases) claim the benefit of sex discrimination law. It must follow that they can claim the benefit of sexual orientation discrimination law. Previously, clergy were denied rights based upon employee status on the basis that they were office holders and not employees.

Most discrimination legislation contains specific exceptions for the churches. However, the ruling that clergy can claim employment status for discrimination purposes means that European laws against discrimination also apply to them, and these laws may not recognise such exceptions in all cases.

The full report of the House of Lords decision is at:

http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld200506/ldjudgmt/jd051215/percy-1.htm

Posted by badman at Friday, 16 December 2005 at 2:21pm GMT
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