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Equality Bill: Opt In vs Opt Out


An announcement from the Cutting Edge Consortium:

Cutting Edge Consortium marks its launch by inviting you to continue the debates of the Faith, Homophobia, Transphobia & Human Rights Conferences 2007 & 2009


An open meeting to discuss religious exemptions to the legislation on sexuality and gender identity in the Equality Bill

Hosted by Clare Short MP, speakers will include:

  • Sarah Bourke (Tooks Chambers)
  • Andrew Copson (British Humanist Association)
  • Maleiha Malik (Muslim Women’s Network)
  • Michael Rubenstein (Equal Opportunities Review)

Date/Time: 1900-2100, Tuesday 24th November

Venue: Committee Room 5, House of Commons

The Cutting Edge Consortium includes the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, Interfaith Alliance UK, British Humanist Association, Muslim Education Centre Oxford, Liberal Judaism, Trades Union Congress, and A:Gender, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Sexuality, Ekklesia, Inclusive Church, LGBT Consortium of Voluntary & Community Organisations.

Contact email:

Ekklesia has a report of the meeting, see Religious and secular groups unite to launch anti-discrimination coalition.

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Martin Reynolds
Martin Reynolds
14 years ago

Wonderful to see this LGCM initiative bearing fruit. So few self interest groups have an impact beyond their own constituency.

Richard Kirker has worked tirelessly on this project over the last two years.

Father Ron Smith
14 years ago

Is not this debate now unnecessary? In view of the E.U. declaration that discrimination against LGBT persons is unconstitutional in the eyes of the European Parliament? There is no doubt, though, that many people still have to be convinced – even in the Church.

Spirit of Vatican II
14 years ago

Interesting Vatican Radio interview with Dr Williams has a brief section on the gay issue:

Father Ron Smith
14 years ago

Thank you, Spirit, for making available to us, on your comment (above), the Vatican Radio broadcast interview with Archbishop Rowan. It was certainly well worth the effort to plug into and hear the ABC clearly stating his convictions regarding the notion of papal authority, the need for women to be included in the ministry of our Church and for a serious consideration of the current problems of Climate change. I found the fact that he did not enlarge on the situation of LGBT acceptance in the Church was somewhat disappointing. however, he did indicate that the status quo, as far… Read more »

Simon Sarmiento
14 years ago

The Trades Union Congress has issued a press release about this, see

Rev L Roberts
Rev L Roberts
14 years ago

It is good to see this from the TUC. However, I cannot forget that the TUC itself only began supporting lesbian and gay rights recently.

They dragged their feet for decades.

Father Ron Smith
14 years ago

“‘Teachers, education support staff, employees of faith based charities and other religious organisations, all deserve equal rights at work, regardless of their sexuality.'” T.U.C. statement Don’t knock it, Rev. L., this is another landmark Statement – on the part of the Trades Union Movement. It is from such organisations that the public at large can be educated in the realities of the need for acceptance of LGBT and other constituencies within the community at large that need such public endorsement of their simple *right to exist’. The more organisations that choose to affirm our cause, the better; surely – in… Read more »

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