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Equality Bill: church press coverage

Today’s Church Times has three mentions of the bill.

There is a full news report of Monday’s debate, written by me, Bishops win in Equality Bill fight.

There is a leader, titled Opportunities not yet equal.

And there is comment on the secular press coverage of it in the Press Column (subscriber only until next week) by Andrew Brown.

THE Government’s defeat in the Lords over the Equality Bill was covered on remarkably simple left/right lines: for the right-wing papers, the issue was simply one of the freedom of the Churches from the oppressions of Harriet Harman and the European Union; for the Left, it was just as simply the freedom of gays to be employed…

The Church of England Newspaper devoted its entire front page to the bill. The main news story is reproduced over here.

Catholic Herald Anna Arco Government suffers Equality Bill defeat

More to follow.

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14 years ago

The dizziness that has set in about all of this really stems from the unnamed elephant in the rooms, that is, failing to deal with an empirically-based and modern notion of sexual orientation. The dodge that saves the intellectual (and moral) day is still intended to be the facile sermon, that our unchanged sticking point is all just about immmoral sexual behaviors. A footballer save ploy used frequently by leaders (and even sometimes, by believers). Remember the JJ business? Real life and real church life undermines the familiar yet sidestepping convenience of precisely that specific distinction. We all know about… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
14 years ago

“The Archbishop of York and the Bishops of London, Winchester, Durham, Chichester, Exeter, Liverpool, and Hereford all voted for Lady O’Cathain and against the Government, as did Lord Carey” – Simon Sarmiento, in Church Times article – From this list of objectors to the Government’s amendment of the Bill in question; it is easy to see exactly WHO, among the Bishops in the House of Lords, is intent on blocking the Government’s aim to oulaw discrimination against employing various L.G.T. or B. persons within the religious denominations of England. It is significant that Bishop Harries (formerly Bp. of Oxford) voted… Read more »

Spirit of Vatican II
Spirit of Vatican II
14 years ago

A vast army of people are beginning to see that they have been denied a basic human right — the natural right to marriage — and that the churches are continuing to play a pro-active, obscurantist role in denying them that right. The anger of noisy fundamentalists is impressive, but it is nothing in comparison with the tsunami of quiet indignation that is gathering force as this realization spreads and deepens.

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