If the local assembly in NI were up and running these regulations would never have seen the light of day. As with the Civil Partnership legisaltion in 2005, local unionist politicians allowed their religious moral indignation and personal bigotry intefer with them doing what is right. They will continue to support the churches right to seek exemption from this at court and in the review debate they have initiated in the House of Lords. Here we are in 2007 and elected politicians being paid over £200,000 annually as revealed last week think it right to take my tax ££££ in salary but deny me fundamental human rights and civil liberties!!!The DUP who have a real problem with the existing equality laws, and the prejudiced bigots in the UUP who put their own religious high brow moral opinions before their elected responsibilities are a disgrace, and demonstrate what a petty bunch of hicks they are. All this in Gods name, I think Jesus said to abide by the commandements but that the two greatest ones were to love god and love your n’bour. It seems easy for them to pick and choose what parts of the good book they like.