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GOVERNMENT WILL SCRAP S28, SAYS CUNNINGHAM

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The controversial restrictions on councils 'promoting' homosexuality will be abolished next year if deputy prime mi...
The controversial restrictions on councils 'promoting' homosexuality will be abolished next year if deputy prime minister John Prescott wins parliamentary time for a local government Bill, a senior minister has hinted.

Cabinet Office minister Jack Cunningham told gay rights campaigners that the abolition of s28 of the Local Government Act 1988 remained a priority.

Addressing the 10th anniversary dinner of Stonewall, a group born out of the campaign against the Thatcher government's legislation, Dr Cunningham said: 'I cannot anticipate the contents of the next Queen's Speech. However, I can say quite clearly that the government believes s28 serves no useful purpose and we remain committed to the repeal as soon as parliamentary opportunity arises. Section 28 was wrong in 1987. It is wrong in 1999. '

He said the legislation had 'constrained local authorities from legitimately including sensible material about sexuality in sex education lessonS'.
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