Bishop says Church of England should lose exemption from discrimination laws · PinkNews


The Bishop of Buckingham has called for the Church of England to be stripped of an exemption in equality laws that allow it to openly discriminate against gay people.

The Equality Act, signed in 2010, consolidated laws that outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and other protected characteristics, but at the same time handed a broad opt-out to the Church.

The exemption from discrimination laws has been deployed by the church on a number of occasions, most notably after a hospital chaplain was sacked for getting married to his same-sex partner.

But at the same time the church has threatened to bring legal action under the Equality Act itself, threatening a lawsuit under the Equality Act after a cinema chain declined to air an advertising chain

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