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Equality Bill: changes made during House of Lords Report stage

The main changes made were:

* adding a power to prohibit caste discrimination as part of race discrimination.
* making explicit that reasonable adjustments for disabled peoplel include reasonable steps to provide information in accessible formats, when the way information is provided would otherwise put disabled people at a substantial disadvantage.
* ensuring that all people who conduct religious marriages can continue to opt out if they reasonably believe a marriage involves someone who has changed gender.
* extending protection against discrimination because of pregnancy and maternity to pupils in schools.
* adding provisions that can be used to require political parties to publish anonymised information on the diversity of their candidate selections, as a means of increasing transparency on the involvement of all groups in the political process.
* removing the prohibition on civil partnerships taking place in religious premises.
* clarifying that “substantial” (which is used in relation to the disability provisions in the Bill) means something which is not minor or trivial.

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March 18, 2010

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