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Saturday 17 July 2004

Anti-gay discrimination to be written into UK law

According to an article in the Independent, the government is to draft legislation to forbid "discrimination against homosexuals in goods and services", the plans being announced by Jacqui Smith, Equalities minister. Apparently the move is a direct result of the recent incident at the Cromasaig guesthouse at Kinlochewe where a gay couple was refused occupancy of a room with a double bed, although the owner said he was prepared to rent them a room with twin beds - he made clear his dislike for their 'perversion' which led him to make known this room-letting policy in what very many people saw as an unnecessarily crude and offensive manner. If this legisation comes to pass, and gets past the probable attempts by Tory bigots in the House of Lords to derail it, we will have Mr Forrest to thank for the change - so 'Thank you' Mr Forrest!

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