Main | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

European Parliament Calls For LGBT Rights Across All EU Nations

The European Parliament has repeated its 2008 call for a comprehensive LGBT rights law that covers all European Union member nations. A bill on that subject has languished for three years.
The draft horizontal anti-discrimination Directive would forbid discrimination based on religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation in access to goods and services, education, and access to social benefits. It still requires approval from all 27 EU Member States. Germany and others have refused any dialogue on the draft law, despite examining the proposals since July 2008. On Tuesday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it “notes that the Member States should, as a priority, agree and adopt as soon as possible the proposal for a Council directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment”. The text further ”calls on the [European] Commission to continue to support the overcoming of technical difficulties [between Member States] in order to ensure that a swift agreement is reached”.

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