Thursday, June 14, 2007

Britain Proposes To Consolidate and Modernize Its Anti-Discrimination Laws

On Tuesday, Britain's Ministry of Justice, Department of Communities and Local Government, published a consultation document on a proposal to consolidate all of the country's anti-discrimination laws into a Single Equality Bill. Among the questions the document raises on religious discrimination are whether the government should ban religious discrimination by private clubs (except those set up for members of a specific religion), and whether organized religion should be able to treat people differently because of gender reassignment. The Guardian reports on reactions from reformers who believe that the proposals in various areas do not go far enough.