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Sunday, January 09, 2011

UK House of Lords voted to maintain gay rights law in Northern Ireland

On January 9, 2007, the UK House of Lords voted 199-68 to keep legislation protecting gay rights in Northern Ireland in place. The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 prohibits businesses from withholding goods and services, including accommodation, from same-sex couples. Critics of the legislation argued that it violated the religious freedoms of Christian business-owners who would be forced to accommodate same-sex couples despite believing such relationships are immoral.

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