A Northern Ireland court found Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry. But the news is not necessarily as good as it might seem for those wanting full inclusion.
We have suddenly become a world that talks about inequality. That's certainly better than not talking about it. But waxing lyrical about a concern and doing something about it are not the same thing, says Simon Barrow, pointing to the deeper issues calling for action.
Marriage equality is a worthy cause, and UK laws rightly ban discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. But a legal case by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland against a bakery unhelpfully confuses different issues.
The fourth Cutting Edge Consortium Conference will take place on 1st November 2014 at Conway Hall, Red Lion’s Square from 10am to 5pm (registration from 9.30am). The theme of this year’s conference is “Equality and Religion in a Changing World”.
Politicians and newspaper editors have convinced many people in Britain that it is a ‘soft touch’ for foreigners who want to settle here illegally or live off benefits. In reality, a harsh immigration system hurts families and damages society.