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A way to go on gay rights

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OPINION: I've written in the past about Israel Folau and expressed the view that he should be fired for deliberately flouting his employer's rules.

I received a message via LinkedIn from some Australian bloke telling me that he disagreed completely with my opinion, and wanted to know one thing; "are you gay, because that would explain it".

I declined the opportunity to engage further with this gentleman but it did get me to thinking about how far we have progressed in the area of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

On its face we have come a huge distance since homosexual activity was decriminalised in 1986 and gay marriage was legalised in 2013. However in the area of employment, people from the LGBTI community are still subject to direct or indirect discrimination on a not infrequent basis.

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The law in New Zealand is clearly stated. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is prohibited by the Human Rights Act. There are some exceptions to this, including the employment of domestic help........

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