Sexual Orientation Regulations

Publish Date: 05/08/2007

The House of Lords voted by 168 votes to 122 in support of the new goods and services and facilities which outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Great Britain.

Government Minister Baroness Andrews OBE told peers:

"This has been a long journey to us recognising the rights of people irrespective of sexual orientation. It is a historic step forward towards dignity, respect and fairness for all."

This was the very final vote on this issue and the new regulations will now come into effect from 30th April 2007.

The Lords vote means The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 will become law in England, Scotland and Wales on 30th April.

Regulations covering Northern Ireland have been in force since January.

Read a brief guide to the Regulations.