Posted by: becketfund | January 26, 2010

UK: House of Lords on Government Equality Bill

LONDON – The House of Lords has blocked elements of the government’s Equality Bill which church groups said could have exposed them to legal challenges if they refused to hire homosexuals or transsexuals, Reuters reported on January 26.  The Church of England called for a return to the status quo, which allows it to reject candidates for senior lay or unordained posts such as senior youth workers or pastoral assistants if they cannot demonstrate an ability to “live a life consistent with the ethos of the religion, as well as sharing the faith.”  “We are pleased that the Lords appreciated the potential problems for churches,” a spokesman for the Church of England told Reuters.

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