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CLAUSE 28 CURBS ON 'GAY' LESSONS TO BE SCRAPPED

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The law that makes it illegal for local authorities and schools 'to promote homosexuality' is to be scrapped, repor...
The law that makes it illegal for local authorities and schools 'to promote homosexuality' is to be scrapped, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p11).

The announcement in the queen's speech will end confliciting signals the government has sent out since the general election, suggesting to some newspapers it wants to keep the law while reassuring gay rights campaigners that it will go. The abolition will be included in a new Local Government Bill to follow last year's white paper, although that omitted mention of the section, which achieved notoriety as Clause 28 in the run-up to the legislation being passed in 1987.

Cabinet office secretary Jack Cunnigham told the annual dinner of the homosexual rights group Stonewall that the government had decided finally to scrap the section.
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