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Law sought to protect consciences

by Gavin Drake

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 @ 12:17

CONSCIENTIOUS beliefs about the definition of marriage should be a "protected characteristic" under the Equality Act, an MP said this week.

Edward Leigh, the Conservative member for Gainsborough, secured Commons support, through the ten-minute-rule procedure, to bring in a Bill to give beliefs about marriage the same legal protection as age, disability, and race.

Moving his Bill, Mr Leigh recalled the case of Adrian Smith, who won a High Court case against his employers, the ...

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