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Chief Minister attacks 'outdated prejudice'

The Chief Minister says the Island's reputation on the international stage could be damaged by the case of a private landlord in Ramsey who's refused to rent a house to a same-sex couple.

Allan Bell says the Island has been derided in the past over state intolerance to homosexuality, which was only decriminalised in the early 1990s.

He now fears a fresh backlash from hostile politicians and media over the refusal by an independent Methodist minister to rent a property to a lesbian couple.

Mr Bell says much has been done over two decades to increase the rights of minorities - but the Island's image could be tainted once again:

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