About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

UK Tightens Law to Protect Gays from Harassment

by Medindia Content Team on October 9, 2007 at 8:42 PM
Font : A-A+

UK Tightens Law to Protect Gays from Harassment

Laws to protect gays in the United Kingdom just got tougher. Now, if anyone is caught making a comment against gays, he or she could land themselves in prison for seven years.

A new law announced on Monday has invited the ire of Christian groups, who condemned it as 'a law to allow Christians to be locked up for what they believe'.

Advertisement

But the gay pressure group Stonewall said those who disapprove of homosexuals would have nothing to fear from the law if they express their views in a manner that is 'temperate' and 'polite'.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw told MPs the gay harassment law will be included as an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill currently going before Parliament, though ministers have yet to decide the wording.
Advertisement

'It is a measure of how far we have come as a society in the last ten years that we are now appalled by hatred and invective directed at people on the basis of their sexuality. It is time for the law to recognise this,' the Daily Mail quoted Straw, as saying.

He also raised the prospect of extending the law to cover to 'transgendered' people and the disabled.

The new law aims to catch those who do not explicitly call for attacks or discrimination against homosexuals, as this is covered by existing incitement laws. Instead, police will be allowed to pursue those who create an 'atmosphere or climate' in which hatred or bullying can be fostered. Officials said it would not prohibit criticism of gay, lesbian and bisexual people or joke-telling.

The final decision over who has 'crossed the line' will rest with the police.

Source: ANI
LIN/C
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Gays and Lesbians can Obtain asylum in US on Grounds of Harassment and Abuse
Harassment and abuse of gay men and lesbians is becoming increasingly accepted as grounds for legal ...
Hate Crimes Against Gays and Lesbians Rising in US
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are increasingly becoming victims of hate crime across US. new data ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use