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Equality commission defends ‘compromise’ plan for gay and religious rights clashes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the rights of gays and lesbians will not be diminished by an intervention into legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people.

Instead, the body said that its heavily criticised plans would lead to “better respect for religious rights within the workplace … without diminishing the rights of others”.

The commission was attacked this week for suggesting that “reasonable accommodations” should be made to allow religious people to “manifest their religion or belief” – such as in the case of Christian registrars who refuse to conduct civil partnerships.

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July 14, 2011

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