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  • "British laws on LGBTQ rights do not go anywhere near far enough imho. For starters, those religious institutions that the state so generously affords the 'special privilege' of being exempted from conducting same-sex marriage ceremonies should be forced to pay a special tax.

    The Equality Act should also be extended to guarantee legal protection of freedom of gender identity expression so, for instance, that bigoted religious schools cannot exclude students for not adhering to their sexist gender dress codes - such as the recent case of the five-year-old boy who was kicked out of a church after-school playgroup for wearing a dress.

    There should also be legal recognition and protections for those who identify outside of the gender binary of female and male - as there is now in countries such as Australia, Germany and India."
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Marriage worry

MANY believe the dust has now settled over same-sex marriages. The issue is still much alive, especially as we approach the European elections.

At present, those who believe that true marriage can only be between a man and a woman, at least have the freedom to say so. However, there are forces of darkness at work within the EU which would like to see this freedom taken away.

The EU is pushing for what is called an equal treatment directive which would give it a greater say in British discrimination law, by introducing a new harassment law.

This could strip away the safeguards our country has in place, with grave implications for freedom of speech and freedom of conscience.

So a legitimate question to be asking candidates is would you defend the freedom to stand for traditional marriage, and would you oppose any form of an equal treatment directive?

For details about the likely implications of such new legislation, visit the Coalition for Marriage website at: c4m.org.uk.

RH Ashton Woodland Place Caerphilly

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