A UK gay rights group has hit out at the Brown Government for kowtowing to religious groups at the expense of the gay and lesbian community.

The Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), a gay humanist educational charity, is furious the Government has introduced an amendment to the Children,
Schools and Families Bill which would allow faith schools to teach students about homosexuality “in a way that reflects the school’s religious character”.

PTT secretary George Broadhead said the amendment, introduced by Schools Secretary Ed Balls, was “outrageous” and the Government would be denying young people the right to “accurate, balanced” sex education.

“By taking this position, it is implicitly condoning homophobia in schools and undermining attempts to tackle homophobic bullying,” Broadhead said.

“This looks like another Section 28.”

Repealed in 2000, Section 28 was an amendment to the UK’s Local Government Act which prohibited the “promotion” or teaching acceptance of homosexuality in schools.

The Catholic Education Service has been named as one of the biggest backers of the amendment which would effectively allow faith schools to teach that homosexuality is wrong.

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