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The Sun should end its practice of putting topless models on Page 3 because it has a "deleterious effect" on women, Lynne Featherstone has said. The Lib Dem International Development minister, whose responsibilities include women's rights worldwide, told the Independent on Sunday: "There is an army on the other side hurtling abuse. It's not simply about equal pay. It's about the constant drip, drip of women being sexualised in the public space [which] has a great bearing on attitudes and domestic violence." 


Featherstone: Church does not own marriage

The church does not "own" marriage or have an exclusive right to approve who can and cannot get married, Lynne Featherstone has said.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Equalities Minister insisted that the Government's move to introduce same-sex marriage would be "for the better" and stressed that marriage was owned "by the people".


Featherstone: Stop violence against women or lose aid

If countries ignore prejudice against women they stand to lose development money from Britain, Lynne Featherstone said yesterday. In an interview with the Independent, and speaking on the UN's day for the elimination of violence against women, the Equalities Minister said that globally a third of women suffer violence.


Featherstone criticises marriage tax breaks

Lynne Featherstone has criticised the idea of giving married couples a tax break, saying such a move would be "extremely unfair". In an interview with The Times, the Equalities Minister said a reduction in tax for couples who tie the knot was a "bizarre concept... and wrongly aimed" and warned it was unfair on those couples and single parents who were unmarried.


Featherstone aims to protect sex workers

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has launched a 12-month trial to protect sex workers in the UK. The scheme is expected to gather information, such as pictures of men that have been violent to prositutes in the past, and enable sex workers to be more aware when working on the streets .


Clegg and Cameron discussing marriage

Liberal Democrat figures have urged Nick Clegg to discuss gay marriage with Cameron, after party activists voted in favour of allowing homosexual people to marry. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said the government would have to "listen very carefully" to the party's demands.


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