Ian Paisley

The Reverened Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim, has tabled an EDM, number 317, the text of which reads

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 439), dated 8th November 2006, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24th November, be annulled.I'd like to know which parts of that piece of legislation The Reverend Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Gregory Campbell, Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson, Mrs Iris Robinson, David Simpson and Sammy Wilson object to.

Is it
5. —(1) It is unlawful for any person concerned with the provision (for payment or not) of goods, facilities or services to the public or a section of the public to discriminate against a person who seeks to obtain or use those goods, facilities or services —

(a) by refusing or deliberately omitting to provide him with any of them; or

(b) by refusing or deliberately omitting to provide him with goods, facilities or services of the same quality, in the same manner and on the same terms as are normal in his case in relation to other members of the public or (where the person seeking belongs to a section of the public) to other members of that section.
6. —(1) It is unlawful for a person with power to dispose of any premises to discriminate against another —

(a) in the terms on which he offers him those premises; or

(b) by refusing his application for those premises; or

(c) in his treatment of him in relation to any list of persons in need of premises of that description.
9. —(1) It is unlawful, in relation to an educational establishment falling within column 1 of the following table, for a person indicated in relation to the establishment in column 2 (the "responsible body") to discriminate against a person —

(a) in the terms on which it offers to admit him to the establishment as a pupil; or

(b) by refusing or deliberately omitting to accept an application for his admission to the establishment as a pupil;
(c) where he is a pupil of the establishment —

(i) in the way that it affords him access to any benefits or by refusing or deliberately omitting to afford him access to them; or

(ii) by excluding him from the establishment or subjecting him to any other detriment.?
This from the man who wanted to 'Save Ulster From Sodomy' and who, on his website, and comes out with classic lines such as:
the act of homosexuality is simply wrong at all ages, in all places and at all time
Paisley et al. could have easily asked to remove simply the part or parts of the legislation they didn't like, but instead went for all of it. They want to discriminate against non-heterosexuals in providing services, selling buildings and giving education. Sound familiar?



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