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British Bill to Outlaw Discrimination Based on Religion, Sexual Orientation

By Mike Wendling

London ( – An anti-discrimination measure covering sexual orientation set to become law in Britain has upset both religious groups and homosexual advocates.

A clause in the law forbids job favoritism based on religion or sexual orientation but provides an exemption for organizations with an “ethos based on religion or belief.” The group involved must be able to prove that it has a valid reason for exercising its exemption.

Christian groups, including evangelical organizations and the Church of England, lobbied for religious organizations to be left out of the law altogether. Homosexual groups, on the other hand, say the regulations don’t go far enough and that the exemption should be scrapped.

The rules, which must be approved by Parliament before coming into effect later this year, have drawn harsh criticism from homosexual groups and the National Secular Society (NSS).

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