It's illegal for employers to allow the age of their workers to influence decisions about hiring, promotion, and retention. There are laws banning discrimination in the workplace on the basis of age in the U.S. as well as the U.K. However, these laws don't mean that ageism doesn't exist in more subtle ways.
Remember that fewer and fewer employees have someone at home taking care of home and family. Don't just give lip service to this fact, or throw in a pre-fab program or policy. Ask your employees what they need. Ask what they think would work. Changes don't have to be expensive. Just a modicum of true flexibility can make a huge difference.
This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others