Gay rights groups yesterday met Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping to discuss their grievances and ask the government to ban discrimination against homosexuals. The groups said Dr Ho was sympathetic to their cause, but failed to commit himself to tackling problems they outlined. Roddy Shaw of Civil Rights for Sexual Diversities said Dr Ho assured the groups the government would abide closely by its obligations in the Bill of Rights and international agreements to ensure equal opportunities for all. But when asked for a timetable legislating on outstanding issues such as racism and sexual orientation discrimination, Dr Ho gave no commitment. Mr Shaw said Dr Ho had been surprised by the results of a survey the groups presented to him. The telephone poll in August by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and gay rights group Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting found 80 per cent of Hong Kong people believed homosexual couples should have the right to marry and adopt children.