Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A Happy Day for Equality

Just a quick update while I take a break from revision, I thought I'd share some good news on the equality front. 

The judge in the case where a gay couple were denied a room at a B&B because of the owners religious beliefs has ruled that it was illegal and directly discriminatory. Whilst the owners have the right to hold whichever beliefs they wish, they do not have the right to impose those beliefs on others. And the argument they used, that they equally applied this ban on shared rooms to unmarried heterosexual couples, does not stack up as civil partnerships are the legal equivalent of marriage and should be treated as such.

It does of course beg the question, why in a progressive country in the 21st century is marriage denied to homosexuals? Civil partnerships were a step in the right direction, but the discrimination between marriage and civil partnerships is still apparent and surely the time has come to allow gay marriage?

Here's the couple talking about their victory: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12215255

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