Rainbow Project to host Conscience Clause workshop

Protesters and friends of the Rainbow Project, staging a protest outside the Guildhall against the DUP's 'consciences clause', to change the equality legislation last month. DER 0515-4475MT.

Protesters and friends of the Rainbow Project, staging a protest outside the Guildhall against the DUP's 'consciences clause', to change the equality legislation last month. DER 0515-4475MT.

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The Rainbow Project in Derry will this Friday host a workshop on responding to the so-called Conscience Clause.

The workshop for organisations and individuals will take place this Friday, 20th February, from 11am to 1pm.

Gavin Boyd, the Rainbow Project’s policy and advocacy manager, will be coming down from Belfast to facilitate at the event.

The consultation closes on Friday 27th February.

A spokesperson for the Rainbow Project said: “It is integral that the community in Northern Ireland respond to this consultation which can only be described as a move to legalise discrimination.

“This is the first step in a slippery slope to discrimination against any of the minority groups in our community.

“We are working to embrace diversity and working towards equality for all, no clauses.”

In December 2014 Paul Givan MLA launched a consultation for his proposed ‘Conscience Clause’.

If introduced, the Rainbow Project warned, the motion would allow businesses to refuse service to same sex couples, based only on religious belief against what is referred to as promoting same sex relationships.

This would mean that a restaurant or B&B could refuse service to a same sex couple or a landlord could refuse a tenancy to a same sex couple and their family.

For more information, visit The Rainbow Project’s website: http://www.rainbow-project.org/noconscienceclause

To attend the workshop telephone (028) 71 28 3030 or e-mail: maeve@rainbow-project.org.