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Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal

Edward Leigh has called for changes to the Equality Act in order to prevent further cases similar to the man who was fired for declaring his opposition to equal marriage on Facebook.

Mr Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said he fears that opponents of equal marriage who work in the public sector will be “treated as outcasts” unless the Equality Act is changed.

Mr Leigh proposes to amend the Equality Act by adding “conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage” to the list of characteristics on grounds of which it is illegal to discriminate against people. The existing list of characteristics includes race, gender, sexual orientation and religion.

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January 29, 2013

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