The Department of Trade and Industry is to introduce legislation to ban discrimination against gays in the provision of goods and services.
This is designed. for example, to end the practice of denying same-sex couples hotel accommodation by some hoteliers, or similar discrimination in the case of restaurant table bookings, ensure that same-sex 'wedding lists' are available to those planning civil partnership ceremonies on the same basis that retail outlets offer such services to prospective heterosexual marriage partners, etc. Similarly it will become unlawful for predominantly gay venues to exclude heterosexuals.
I think a lot more good than ill will come from this legislation if it is passed. I will be interested to see which Members of Parliament choose to support this proposed legislation and which choose to oppose it. For example, will some of the 'usual suspects' come out of the woodwork? Will, indeed, some of these surprise us by their reformed attitude?