SNP demands LGBTI equality assurances after Tory-DUP deal

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After the Conservative Party this week signed a confidence and supply deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, the Scottish National Party has called for assurances on LGBTI equality because DUP is known for its anti-LGBT measures. The party previously supported the introduction of a “conscience clause” to protect those who discriminate against LGBT and to stop the progress of equality in Northern Ireland.
In the Queen’s Speech made last week before the DUP-Tory deal was confirmed, a commitment was made to protect against discrimination “against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation”. But no further commitments were made, prompting an open letter from SNP Equalities spokesperson Angela Crawley MP. “LGBTI people across the country have deep concerns that the Tory backroom deal with the DUP could halt progress on equality,” said Ms Crawley. “Before the election Theresa May and Ruth Davidson both committed to changes in the law to improve LGBTI equality – but these commitments were entirely absent from the Queen’s Speech, which outlined the UK government’s legislative priorities for the next two years.”

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