Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Times: Gay lobby welcomes resolution
Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) has welcomed the position taken by Maltese MEPs in support of a resolution to condemn homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe.

It was adopted by the European Parliament and supported by all five mainstream political groups.

In a statement, MGRM acknowledged the important role played by MEP Simon Busuttil, who led the negotiations on behalf of the EPP group to ensure a strong resolution. This was the first of its kind in this legislature to be co-signed by the EPP group.

The Parliament adopted its official position after a debate last Tuesday, where MEPs almost unanimously asked the European Commission and European governments to better protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The resolution particularly condemns recent laws or proposals in certain EU countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary) and Council of Europe member states Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, making it a penal or criminal offence to talk positively about homosexuality in public.

The MGRM also praised the participation of MEP David Casa in the video produced by the Intergroup on LGBT Rights to mark the International Day Against Homophobia last week.

MGRM coordinator Gabi Calleja said the movement looked forward to the adoption of various pieces of legislation that are currently before Parliament.

While welcoming the appeal for laws recognising same-sex relationships, Aditus Foundation director Neil Falzon added: “We strongly urge this legislation to take the form of full marriage equality.

“Anything below full equality falls short of guaranteeing respect for human dignity.”

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