UK House of Lords endorses same-sex rules despite protest Joshua Pantesco at 1:23 PM ET
[JURIST] Northern Ireland must abide by a gay rights bill that came into effect January 1 after the House of Lords voted Tuesday to keep the regulations in place. Lord Morrow opened debate [transcript] on the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 [text], a bill which prohibits businesses from withholding goods and services, including accommodation, from same-sex couples. The regulations were endorsed 199-68. Morrow and other critics argued that the bill violated the religious freedoms of Christian business-owners who will be forced to accommodate same-sex couples despite believing such relationships immoral. The regulations were passed last November.
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