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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

British Airways threatened with boycott over Lords amendment
Ben Townley, UK

British Airways could be facing a boycott from lesbian and gay fliers, because of Baroness O'Cathain's homophobic comments in the House of Lords. The Conservative peer has a role on BA's board as a non-executive director.

The boycott emerged as the debate over Civil Partnerships continues in the House of Lords, where an amendment moved by O'Cathain that would extend the bill to siblings and carers was backed by 148 peers.

The amendment is being widely regarded as stemming from O'Cathain's anti-gay beliefs, as well as those of her supporters such as Lord Tebbit. During the debate, she admitted she was vehemently opposed to the bill, which she claimed was gay marriage in all but name.

But the impact of her comments could now threaten her future on the board of BA, with gay supporters of the bill switching carriers in protest.


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