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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Gay rights here and in the UK

So while the UK is expanding gay civil rights laws ....

It will be illegal to bar gays and lesbians from clubs and hotels under new legislation approved Tuesday in the House of Lords.

The legislation pushed by gay peer Lord Alli amends the government's Equality Bill that will outlaw discrimination on ground of sexual orientation in providing goods and services or organizing public functions.

Firing someone or refusing to hire them on the grounds of sexuality is already legal in Britain.

... the anti-gay marriage amendment is pushing forward in the US.

The federal marriage amendment was approved by a Senate sub-committee Wednesday and is likely to go to a vote of the full Judiciary Committee next week.

The sub-committee voted 5 - 4 along party lines to pass the amendment, called the "Marriage Protection Act". It defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Democrats on the sub-committee said the amendment is not needed. The Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton already prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.

So. Anyone else feel like expatriating?


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