Under Section 75 of the Northern Itreland Act 1998, public authorities are required to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:
- Between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation;
- Between men and women generally;
- Between persons with a disability and persons without; and
- Between persons with dependants and persons without.
Public authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.