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Equality Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:39 am on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Shadow Science Minister 10:39 am, 9th June 2009

Let us say that an Anglican who is a youth worker does a good job, gets rave reviews, and is doing well. He then comes out as being gay, his work does not suffer, and he is still doing well. Would your organisation, or an organisation of a Church nature, have the right to sack that person when they come out? Alternately, say someone’s marriage breaks down and they are having a terrible time personally. Do you think that you should have the right—whether you choose to or not—to sack someone on the basis of that private trauma, even though they are still doing a good job by objective standards?