by Celia Hannon
The argument about the new legislation on discrimination in goods and services has presented the government with the opportunity to send out a strong message on equality. Instead they are allowing themselves to be blackmailed by Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor's threat to close Catholic adoption agencies. (Let's not forget, he also sacked an aide for being openly gay.) If an exemption for Catholics is included, the purpose of this legislation will be undermined. Rather than writing our legislation to reflect prevailing attitudes, it's more often the case that laws need to be passed before attitudes change.