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Concern at Equality Commission research statistics – Anderson

24 June, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights spokesperson Martina Anderson MLA has expressed her shock and disappointment at figures revealed following research carried out by the Equality Commission.

The report finds that 23% of people in the north would take issue with a Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual person living next door to them, that figure has increased from 14% in 2005.

It also indicates that 51% of people would have a problem with a loved one marrying someone from the traveller community.

Speaking this afternoon Ms Anderson said;

“I think it is important to remember that these reports are not an exact science; however, in saying that, we cannot simply ignore the figures that have in fact been revealed.

It is a matter of deep concern that certain prejudices in our society are actually increasing.

The report highlights the need for greater and deeper rooted leadership in facing down bigotry, intolerance and ignorance in relation to people from other cultures, persuasions and ethnic backgrounds.

Sinn Fein has been saying very clearly over recent days and weeks that we must all collectively do more to battle the scourge of prejudice within our society and work to create a greater degree of understanding and respect for our legitimate differences.” CRÍOCH

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