The Daily Mail is concerned that teachers could lose their jobs if they express views that they oppose gay marriage, ‘despite reassurances from Education Secretary Michael Gove’. This is from the Daily Mail…
A senior source in Mr Gove’s department said that the ultimate decision over whether teachers could lose their jobs would be down to the European Court of Human Rights rather than the Government.
News of the Mr Gove’s fears come as the Coalition prepares to publish a bill legalising same sex marriage today.
Opponents to the proposed law say that those who take a stand over the issue could face the sack under law.
In a report compiled by the Coalition for Marriage campaign group, human rights lawyer Aidan O’Neill QC said that schools may have the right to sack staff who refuse to promote gay marriage in class, according to the Daily Telegraph.
But legal advice given to Equalities Minister Maria Miller suggested that staff would not be forced to act against their beliefs.
A Department for Education spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Schools will not acquire a power to dismiss teachers who refuse to teach views about gay marriage which are against their conscience.’
But a DfE source added: ‘These (decisions) are all under the control of nine guys in Strasbourg, it is just fundamentally uncertain and Britain isn’t in control of this.’