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Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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5.  In Article 21 of the Order (ministers of religion etc.) after paragraph (2) there shall be inserted the following paragraphs—

(3) In relation to discrimination falling within Article 4A, this Part does not apply to employment for purposes of an organised religion where the employment is limited to persons who are not undergoing and have not undergone gender reassignment, if the limitation is imposed to comply with the doctrines of the religion or avoid offending the religious susceptibilities of a significant number of its followers.

(4) In relation to discrimination falling within Article 4A, Article 16 does not apply to an authorisation or qualification (as defined in that Article) for purposes of an organised religion where the authorisation or qualification is limited to persons who are not undergoing and have not undergone gender reassignment, if the limitation is imposed to comply with the doctrines of the religion or avoid offending the religious susceptibilities of a significant number of its followers..

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