On Monday evening the House of Lords rejected the government's equality bill. The implications of the bill in its original form would have left churches open to prosecution if they refused to employ a person on the basis of their sexuality. You can read more here .
However, it seems that the tide of public opinion is drifting further away from traditional views on sexuality. The Guardian reports that the most recent British Social Attitudes Survey reveals that 36% of people think of homosexual relationships as "always or mostly" wrong, compared to 62% in 1983. This is just one item of data that indiciates that Britain has become much more socially liberal over the past two decades.