Sunday, 9 August 2009

MaltaStar: Casa only Maltese MEP not to sign Gay Rights Pact

Casa only Maltese MEP not to sign Gay Rights Pact

All Maltese MEPs, except David Casa, have signed an ILGA-Europe 10-point Pledge highlighting key gay rights issues.

In his blog published on Thursday on, Sandro Mangion said: “It is hard to understand why he (Casa) is hesitating, given that in the past legislature he was the only Maltese MEP to make frequent appearances in gay clubs in Brussels carrying out "activities of a political nature". The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community expected him to be the first to sign. His shying away is baffling.”

Prior to the European Elections which took place on 4-7 June 2009, ILGA -Europe (the European International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) organised the Be Bothered! campaign where Members of European Parliament were asked to sign a 10-point Pledge which highlighted the key gay rights issues that ILGA-Europe wants to see advanced at the EU level over the next five years.

In total, 58% (73) of the MEPs are from the Socialist Group in the European Parliament (PES), 24% (41) from the Group of the Green/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), 12% (17) from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), 4% (5) from the Confederal Group of the European United left – Nordic Green left (GUEN/EGL) and 2% (3) MEPs from the group of the European people’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (EPP).

Martin K.I. Christensen, Co –Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, said “We are very pleased with the outcome of our European Elections campaign. The number of MEPs who already fully committed to LGBT equality is impressive! This is definitely a great start which makes us believe the European Parliament will remain a key ally in the European Union in combating discrimination and promoting equality. The Pledge will remain open to other elected MPs and we hope that the number of signatures will continue to grow.”

Sandro Mangion's full blog entry: What's the matter, David?
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