17 March 2008
Roman Catholic couple win first round of religious discrimination claim
A Roman Catholic couple from Scotland have won the first part of their legal battle over alleged religious discrimination.
Lucille and Frank McQuade complained after Strathclyde Police changed their personnel records from "married" to "married/civil partnership", the Herald reports.
The pair, who have been married for 26 years and live in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, told an employment tribunal that they hold religious beliefs regarding the sanctity of marriage and consider the description "married/civil partnership" to be offensive.
They argued that the change in their status amounted to sex and religious discrimination.
Mr McQuade works as a communications officer with Strathclyde Police, while his wife has left her post as a CID clerk and now works with Fertility Care Scotland and the Catholic Parliamentary Office.
In a recent development, it has been judged that the case should be allowed to proceed and it will now be heard at a later date.