Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Proposed British law would spell end of restricted membership for women at exclusive clubs

Wire Services - Golf - By RAPHAEL G. SATTER
Associated Press Sports

LONDON (AP) - A new law proposed by Britain's government Tuesday would guarantee female club members the same access as men, spelling an end to discrimination on British golf courses and restricted membership at exclusive clubs that cater to some of the country's leading politicians.

The Single Equality Bill is an attempt to consolidate Britain's web of discrimination laws, spread over nine major pieces of legislation instituted over the past 40 years. It also provides additional protection to disabled tenants, elderly credit card holders and breast-feeding mothers.

'Laws have been introduced in a piecemeal fashion and have as a result become overlapping and less clear,'' Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly said in a statement. 'We (had) this review to ensure the laws which govern how people are treated in their everyday lives are as clear and effective as possible.''...

Sex, age and disability discrimination also are addressed by the bill. Under the proposed rules, disabled tenants gain the right to force their landlords to make adjustments to the common areas of rented properties - such as stairs, hallways and entrances - while elderly citizens cannot be denied loans or store credit cards on the grounds of age. Another rule would guarantee women the right to breastfeed in public.

Britain's ruling Labour party has made the rationalization of the country's discrimination law one of its priorities, and is working to combine the country's Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality into a single body by the end of this year.

This story was assigned to the Golf desk!
There will always be an England.

With our current 5-4 Supreme Court configuration, we could use some of that legislative tidying up of anti-discrimination laws ourselves. Maybe get some coverage on Wide World of Sports. (Is that still around?)

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