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European Parliament stands up for free movement of LGBT persons in EU

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  1. Excellent points. Now, I wish they would follow this up with some action and directives aimed at ensuring equal recognition of marriage and civil partnerships across Europe. If Eastern European local authorities fail to follow up on this they should just have their precious EU funding cut. After all, they risk getting “faggot money”!

  2. Jock S. Trap 30 Mar 2012, 10:08am

    It’s a shame this reminder has to be put of but Very glad it has done so.
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    Countries cannot get away with picking and choosing the people they allow in esp based on sexual orientation.

  3. Do the French recognise our CP’s yet? If not, why not.

    Can we have a list of any British MEPs that may have voted against this so they can be named and shamed?

    1. Don’t waste your energy fighting a battle we are trying to negate. All this proves is that our CPs are substandard. The French recognise same-sex marriages performed in other EU and non-EU countries. That’s what we should be aiming for, not asking them to accept Blair’s compromise.

      1. Well I’ll just try not to die in the next 3 years then.

        1. If you need your relationship validated now, book a holiday to Portugal and get married there. There are no residency requirements, and the marriage will automatically be recognised when you return to France.

    2. Yes…but as the equivalent of a PACS not a marriage..it recognises foreing gay marriages if both nationals are non French

  4. “We are not trying to impose same-sex marriage across the EU.”

    Why the hell not? Isn’t this the same thing as supporting continued discrimination?

    1. Because these things are a domain of Member States, thanks to people’s cherished sovereignty and nationalism.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Mar 2012, 12:23pm

    There’s a simple solution to all of this. Legalise same-sex civil marriage across the EU.

    Robert S…..civil partnerships only exist in two countries, though Ireland’s confers slightly fewer rights. Neither will be the standard across the EU not with more countries permitting same-sex civil marriage. The French PAC union doesn’t even offer half of the rights of a CP, so a British gay couple living and working in France wouldn’t even enjoy all the rights they have if they lived in the UK.

    1. Spanner1960 30 Mar 2012, 4:06pm

      Easier said than done. The UK is actually a comparatively easy target to turn around, as it is not a major Catholic influence, and the CoE are all squabbling amongst themselves.

      However, try France with its large Muslim population, or Italy, Germany or Poland who are strictly Catholic. You might have a serious fight on your hands there.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Mar 2012, 4:37pm

        Yes, but then we have Portugal, Spain and Belgium, 3 catholic countries with marriage equality. Spain disestablished catholicism in 1978. France disestablished it in 1905 and surprisingly, Italy in 1985. France may have the largest muslim population in the EU but it’s still a minority. Get rid of Sarkozy and replace him with Francois Hollande, you might see a complete turnaround. Get rid of that awful Angela Merkel of Germany and that equally awful CDU party then there too, we’ll see change. In fact there are more countries who’ve disestablished state religion than there are those who haven’t. There was a movement in the UK in the 19th century to do just that but nothing came of it. I think it’s time to revive it, get it out of government wants and for all.

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Mar 2012, 4:38pm

          …get it out of government once and for all I meant to have said.

        2. Spanner1960 31 Mar 2012, 6:08am

          CDU = Christian Democrat Party – Says it all really.

  6. Spanner1960 30 Mar 2012, 4:02pm

    I dunno about ‘same-sex families” – would any right-minded gay Brit dare set foot in say, Latvia or Lithuania?

    1. I’m not British but I am gay and have been to Latvia and Lithuania with my partner. Surprisingly, we’re still alive and nothing happened :P

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