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MEPs back Resolution on LGBTI rights

[Brussels, 29 May 2012] Members of the European Parliament last Thursday adopted a resolution to condemn homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe. Support for the bill was strong, with 430 votes in favour and 105 against.

The Resolulution read that the European Parliament "strongly condemns any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity" and MEPs called on the European Commission and Member States to "better protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people".

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

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