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Issue over protest

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-01-09

Parliament

Parliament

Jewish groups have reacted with concern over suggestions that they will be taking part in a protest calling for a stop to laws banning discrimination against gay people.

According to recent media reports in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, Jewish people are supposedly joining with Muslim and Christians outside Parliament for a rally even though no Jewish groups will be there.

Under the planned new laws, the ban on discrimination would mean religious groups would not be able to refuse to rent out their halls for gay wedding receptions or discriminate in other ways based on sexuality.

The Board of Deputies issued a statement on the matter saying of the Daily Mail story: "The article referred to a statement by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the inference, given the headline, was that the Board of Deputies had been working in concert with groups opposed to the proposed regulations."

The Board further added: "The headline – together with the article – unfortunately misrepresented what was a very clear and balanced statement.  The Board of Deputies would like to confirm that we have not campaigned with any other groups in relation to this matter and the statement that was given to the Daily Mail was made solely in response to their request for a comment."