Gay marriage bill ‘puts teachers who disagree with it at risk'29 January 2013
Public sector employees such as teachers, chaplains could face the sack for disagreeing with gay marriage because they Government's proposed legislation contains no conscience clause, a leading Catholic barrister has warned.
Neil Addison, National Director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, expressed concerns about the knock-on effects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which was published at the weekend.
He cited the case of Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar sacked for refusing to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples. He said her case "shows that there is no recognition of a right to conscientious objection in human rights law so teachers and chaplains could easily find themselves being disciplined and sacked for not being supportive of same-sex relationships."
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