Friday, 8 December 2006

Sexual Orientation Regulations - The Saga Continues

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month which described new gay equality laws as an attack on “conscience. An ASA spokesperson said that there have been 38 complaints. The investigation will take around 6 weeks.

I, myself, submitted a complaint to the ASA about the advert, mostly based on the content of this post. I received a letter telling that they would keep me inform of further development. Watch this space.

In the meantime, Ruth Kelly (a staunch Catholic and the Cabinet minister responsible for equality (sic!)) is reported to be at odds with Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland Secretary, for his early introduction of the new law in Northern Ireland without any exceptions. Ms Kelly is now reported as wanting to introduce restrictions on religous ground.

And Christians fundies still get the wrong end of the stick. The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship have commissioned an independent opinion poll which they now claim shows that the new Sexual Orientation Regulations are "out of step with public opinion".
More than seven out of 10 in a poll of 1000 adults across Britain agreed with the statement, ‘Any law requiring people to promote homosexual practice should be applied selectively so as to ensure that people with strong religious beliefs are not forced to act against their conscience.’
A statement which has, of course, nothing whatsoever to do with the new law.

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1 comment:

  1. Oooh! It makes me mad when people phrase their "ask the public" question in a way that's designed to ensure they get the result they want.

    They might as well ask: "Do you think it should be legal gay people to have sex in public anywhere they feel like it?" ... and then use the "result" to "conclude" that the majority of the population think that gay sex should be illegal.


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