Monday, 07 December 2015 22:46

Ireland Removed Religious Exception From The Employment Equality Act

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Ireland never ceases to surprise us! After the equal marriage was adopted by referendum, and after it recently recognized gender without medical intervention, Ireland has just removed the religious exemption.

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin wished to introduce a bill to amend the Employment Equality Act, which protects LGBT people against discrimination in employment, but which allows "religious, educational or medical institutions" not to enforce this law and which are able therefore to discriminate against LGBT people" in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution", as written in the law.

The Irish parliament has adopted the removal of these exemptions in early December.

"This Bill is the key piece of the legislative map that will allow LGBT people to be themselves, get married and have a family without a threat to their job if they work in a religious run institution," welcomed the Gay&Lesbian Equality Network's (GLEN) director of education policy Sandra Irwin-Gowran.