Legal: no mass sackings, but check your equality policies in the wake of gay marriage vote
With the gay marriage bill safely voted through the Commons with a massive majority, legal experts have dismissed the HR-centric scaremongering by opponents, but advise a re-examination of existing equality policies.
MPs voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by 400 to 175, a majority of 225. Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday's vote had been "an important step forward" and Labour leader Ed Miliband called it a "proud day".
Opponents of the change in the law have claimed that it will lead to thousands of people being forced out of their jobs for not agreeing with it. But as the Bill proceeds to its next battle in the House of Lords, legal experts have today dismissed this idea.
"I think that such fears have been hugely exaggerated and will soon die down," predicts David Evans, employment partner at Cripps Harries Hall. "The law recognises the individual’s freedom to maintain their own religious belief, both publicly and privately.
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