A UK Christian organisation, Christian Concern, recently reached an agreement with the Law Society after its conference on marriage was cancelled.
The Law Society, which opened up its headquarters for the conference scheduled in May 2012, cancelled the event at the last minute because it was "contrary to our diversity policy." As such, Christian Concern was forced to organise the conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEII), but they too cancelled the event at 4pm the day before the event, also citing "diversity policies."
Christian Concern's event "One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society" was focused on exploring the nature and the meaning of marriage, and discussing the British Government's plans to redefine marriage.
Christian Concern took both the Law Society and QEII to court for breach of contract and for discrimination under the Equality Act 2010,
which resulted in the parties undertaking mediation and reaching an agreement.
The two organisations issued a joint statement after their meeting on the 21st
of June, saying that they "uphold the right and freedoms of other members of society based on the principles of a democratic society and debate."
Both parties acknowledged that differing opinions in the marriage debate should be respected; that some believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman, whilst others believe any person, regardless of gender, should be allowed to marry.
Following the meeting, the Law Society announced it would hold a full debate on the same-sex marriage issue where a speaker from Christian Concern would attend, and welcomed future bookings from Christian Concern.