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We now have, in a certain number of western European jurisdictions, "sex" legislation which is based on notions of individual rights and protections, rather than traditional moral codes.

This is, without a doubt, progress. But substantial minorities remain who reject the new approach, and adhere to older codes, generally based on their religion. These comprise mostly autochthonous Christians, and mostly immigrant Muslims.

This poses a moral problem to society in general. Such people often reject equality of rights for homosexuals (as seen in the substantial mobilisation in France against gay marriage), but perhaps more importantly, they try to preserve a patriarchal, ownership-based control of female sexuality. This constitutes a problem of human rights for women whose family circle espouses such codes.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 12th, 2013 at 12:28:37 PM EST

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