What does the law say to churches about equality and diversity?


For more than 2000 years the Christian church has proclaimed a message about human freedom, dignity and equality.   Its message is based on the belief that everyone is equal, but not everyone is the same – equality and diversity.

Equality and diversity rights are now protected in law, primarily by the Equality Act 2010.  The law is complex and the Equality Act 2010 provides protection for a range of different characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and, sexual orientation.

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