Wednesday, 30 May 2007

'Teachers should be banned from promoting marriage in class', says lecturers' union

Schools should be banned from teaching children that marriage is superior to gay partnerships, according to lecturers.

The University and College Union said new regulations outlawing discrimination against individuals on grounds of ual orientation did not go far enough.

There is no protection for transgender people and schoolteachers are still free to express negative views about homosexuality, according to the union, which represents university and college lecturers.

Delegates at UCU's annual conference in Bournemouth unanimously backed a motion which said:

"All negative characterisations by teachers of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, identity and lifestyle should be outlawed and classified as an act of discrimination and an incitement to hatred based on ual orientation." Read more

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