The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network described the Government’s attitude as "very disappointing".
"It is widely considered that this section could be used to justify discrimination against an employee simply because they are LGBT, separated, divorced, cohabiting outside marriage, or an unmarried mother," Senator Averil Power, who sponsor the Employment Equality Bill,told Irish Examiner.
"Some people will say this is a hypothetical problem, or that in this day and age such discrimination, legal as it could be, couldn’t possibly be taking place on the ground.
"Yet this week we learned of an investigation by the Children’s Ombudsman into a Catholic school which refused to enrol a 16-year-old girl on the grounds that she was pregnant. Citing his duty to protect the ‘honourable majority’ of his pupils, the principal stated that the school should not be blamed for having — and I quote — a ‘moral code’.
"Let us be clear that, as we sit here, people are at any immediate risk and that putting this issue on the long finger will leave them vulnerable," she added.
The government thinks that it needs more consultations and says the law could be treated the next year but that seems more a pretext that a real will to work on this bill.