Wednesday 18 June 2014, 7.00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Conway Hall, London
Admission: Free with wine reception
- Why can organised religions lawfully discriminate against people in employment on the grounds of their sexual orientation?
- Why can religious organisations legally refuse to provide gay men and lesbians with goods and services that are available to other people?
- How have religious groups contributed to shaping the National Curriculum to exclude explicit reference to homosexuality and same-sex relationships?
- Why do state-funded schools continue to have a right to teach about same-sex relationships according to their particular ‘religious ethos’?
- How have anti-gay religious groups helped shape the criminal offence of ‘incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation’ to make it narrower than the offence outlawing racial hatred?
- Why are same-sex couples excluded by default from solemnising marriage according to religious rites or in places of worship?
The book argues that, despite claims to the contrary, religion continues to exert considerable authority in the legislative processes of the UK and, as a result, frequently limits sexual orientation equality.