Britain All in the Family

Britain All in the Family

Women's rights triumphed when three immigrants won a sex-discrimination case last week against the British government. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a five-year-old immigration law is discriminatory in that it permits men who are legal residents, but not citizens, to bring their wives into the country, while denying the same privilege to women residents whose husbands are still overseas.

The ruling by the Strasbourg-based court is not legally enforceable, but British Home Secretary Leon Brittan promised that the immigration law would be changed. The government had argued that the law was useful in controlling the influx of immigrant...

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