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Regulations are long overdue!

March 7, 2007 6:46 PM

Commenting on the Government's response to the consultation on 'Proposals to outlaw sexual orientation discrimination in the provision of goods and services' published today, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equality, Lorely Burt MP said: "The Government's intention to bring forward regulations along the lines of

those already in place for Northern Ireland is welcome. These regulations will offer long overdue protection to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

"Just as racial discrimination has been outlawed, people will soon no longer have to suffer the indignity of being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

"It is also heartening that the Government reaffirms it will not include a harassment offence in these regulations until the full discrimination law review is complete. This could have led to people being prosecuted for expressing their views on homosexuality.

"However, although these regulations are good, they are not perfect. We are disappointed the Government opted not to protect transgender people in these regulations as well."