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Closet Cases: ‘Conscientious Objection’ to Lesbian and Gay Legal Equality

Stychin, C. (2009). Closet Cases: ‘Conscientious Objection’ to Lesbian and Gay Legal Equality. Griffith Law Review, 18(1), pp. 17-38. doi: 10.1080/10383441.2009.10854628


This article interrogates recent developments in equality jurisprudence for lesbians and gay men in the United Kingdom. In particular, it examines arguments made by those who object to sexuality equality that they require an exemption from the law based upon their religious views. The author argues that 'conscientious objectors' to equality make the argument that they are a persecuted minority in an increasingly secular society, and also that the views of the 'silent majority' are being ignored. Objectors claim that a balancing of rights between sexual and religious groups is required. The author concludes that such arguments must be taken more seriously, but that claims of secularisation require critical interrogation. At the same time, developments in rights discourse also require careful analysis in order to reveal how the politics of rights manifests itself in this sphere.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School
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