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Anti-Gay Discrimination Rife in Northern Ireland, August 24, 2001

By Peter Moore

London—Northern Ireland’s Human Rights Commission says laws and policies in the province "discriminate extensively" against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

In a report released Thursday in Belfast, it called on the British government and Northern Ireland Assembly to repeal or amend any law that discriminated against gays. It also recommended recognition of same-sex partnerships with an official registry.

The Commission said discrimination reaches into the criminal law, employment, education, health care, housing, immigration and the taxation and social security systems.

The report said that while public authorities are required to promote equality of opportunity, many showed "little evidence of policies or practices that affect lesbian, gay and bisexual people".

It recommended the repeal of the law on sexual offences relating to consensual sexual activity between gay, lesbian and bisexual couples

The Commission called on the British government to create equal standards of human rights throughout the United Kingdom.

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