COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Stonewall lobbies House of Lords for Section 28 reform

The gay rights campaign group Stonewall is stepping up its campaign to persuade the House of Lords to vote in favour of abolishing Section 28, the controversial law which prohibits local councils from "promoting" homosexuality.

The House of Commons has already voted in favour of abolition by 356 votes to 127, but the vote in the Lords at the end of next month is expected to be closer. Many peers have signalled their determination to keep Section 28, the common name for section 2a of the Local Government Act 1986.

Stonewall is lobbying supporters and opponents of abolition, arguing that the law causes confusion and harm, particularly among teachers, even though more recent legislation has made it redundant.

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