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Equality Bill and the CofE

Today’s Church Times carries a report, written by me, about the CofE and the Equality Bill.

See Committee rejects C of E proposal on Equality Bill.

THE parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) disagreed strongly with the Archbishops’ Council over a proposal to modify the Equality Bill, it emerged this week. The Bill awaits the Report stage before its Third Reading in the House of Commons…

Links to the various documents mentioned can all be found at this earlier TA article JCHR report on Equality Bill.

Those coming late to the Equality Bill can catch up by reading the House of Commons Library Research Paper, Equality Bill Committee Stage Report, just published, and available here as a PDF file. This summarises all the activity of recent months, and explains what amendments have, and have not, been made to the bill as originally published.

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karen macqueen+
14 years ago

It is clearly time for liberal and democratic governments to begin to phase out the practice of giving public funds to religious organizations (Churches, Mosques, Temples, etc. and those organizations sponsored by them that have a “religious ethos”). These organizations intend to continue to discriminate against LGBT persons due to the biological differences between them and the dominant majority. Imagine discriminating against transexuals in employment on a “religious” basis! The Churches and the Mosques want the legal “right” to refuse to hire someone in a same sex civil partnership because the love and commitment of these persons to each other… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
14 years ago

Thank you, Simon, for this article, which clarifies the J.C.H.R.’s rejection of ‘special’ rights to discriminate against LGBT persons’ ability to be employed by their respective faith communities. What a victory this is for those of who believe that the Church of England should not be trying to enforce legislation against LGBT people being accepted as employable and welcomed as part of the work-force of the Church. Sadly, those who have opposed the acceptance of gays in the Church tend also to be those who are afraid of the influence of women in the Church. This discriminatory outlook needs to… Read more »

14 years ago

I don’t understand why everyone thinks its cool to have an exemption for ministers. Especially in an established church. But I wish people wouldn’t keep pouring scorn and contempt on the RCC in DC because they made some stupid political moves akin to the moves typically made by labor unions. The RCC is in thick with the unions, so maybe they had the same bad advisors. Anyway the RCC should never have bid to provide the social services for DC. How could they not see what was coming at them? They set themselves up for a fall. He who pays… Read more »

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