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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Monday, 26 April 2004

Faith-based schools can't sack teachers for being gay - today's judgement

Under the government's 2003 Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations, faith-based employers were granted an exemption which allowed them to refuse to employ staff, or to dismiss employees, who are gay. Under today's ruling Mr Justice Richards, a high court judge, ruled that the exemption does not apply to teachers employed by faith-based schools.

He ruled, however, that the exemption should still apply to faith-based employers other than schools. The rationale for his decisions (both of them) is not immediately clear, at least to me, and while the decision with respect to teachers is welcome I would imagine (and hope) that his other ruling will be subject to challenge and revision in the reasonably near future.

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