Submission to DUP Consultation on Northern Ireland Freedom of Conscience Bill
We reject both the premise and the proposals contained in the consultation paper on the Northern Ireland Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill.
The paper describes the proposed Amendments as the solution to “clashing rights”. In our view, the proposals are, instead, a recipe for significant reduction in rights protections.
We do not accept that there is a need for a change in the law along the lines proposed in the paper.
Our submission to the Consultation explains our concerns that the proposals would undermine existing legal protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.