Cabinet split over new rights for gays
The cabinet is in open warfare over new gay rights legislation after Tony Blair and Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, who is a devout Catholic, blocked the plans following protests from religious organisations.
Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, was so angry with the move that he wrote a letter to Kelly three weeks ago, telling her that the new rights should not be watered down.
The new anti-discrimination legislation for gays and lesbians is infuriating homophobic religionists, who want exemptions on religious grounds. If further exemptions are allowed, they’ll be legitimising prejudice. Expect more rows before the issue is resolved.