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'Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights - are they compatible?' This was the title and theme of the Cutting Edge Consortium meeting in The Jubilee Room (off Westminster Hall) this evening, 11 March 2013.
The meeting was sponsored by Ben Bradshaw MP, and the speakers included Savitri Hensman of Ekklesia, who has written widely on these issues, alongside Iain McLean, Professor of Politics at Oxford University, Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College, London, and Dave Brinson of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
Savi Hensman was speaking on rights of non-mainstream religious people in relation to marriage equality.
The Cutting Edge Consortium (CEC) of religious and secular groups aims to promote equality and human rights across the faiths and belief systems. It comprises different organisations working for the elimination of any faith-based homophobia/transphobia and institutionalised prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.
Ekklesia is delighted to have been affiliated to CEC since its inception, though we have been unable to be as directly involved as we would have liked recently, due to pressure on resources.
You can find out more about the work of the Cutting Edge Consortium here: http://www.cuttingedgeconsortium.co.uk CEC can be followed on Twitter at: @cecukTweet