Gay Latvia

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on Fri, 16 Jun 2006 at 17:56


Latvia Gay, Fri, 16 Jun 2006 at 17:56
Latvia defies EU over gay rights
Lawmakers in Latvia have defied the European Union and refused to introduce a law banning discrimination at work on sexual orientation grounds.
Agreeing to introduce the law on employment discrimination was a condition for Latvia's accession to the European Union in 2004.
But MPs refused to implement it in full after a parliamentary debate where homosexuality was described as a sin.
Latvia recently made constitutional changes to prevent same-sex marriages.
'Degenerate' slur
Latvian politicians voted not to include specific reference to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation after a long and heated debate, which included some stridently anti-homosexual language.
Representatives of Latvia's first party, the Christian Democratic Party, which had proposed sexual orientation be dropped from the anti-discrimination bill, described homosexuality as a sin and homosexual people as "degenerate".
Latvia is now the only EU member state without legislation specifically outlawing discrimination at work on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Same-sex marriage is illegal under Latvian civil law
The International Lesbian and Gay Association said that the MPs' actions showed a fundamental disrespect for the values and principles of the European Union.
It said it hoped the European Commission would take the legal action it was entitled to take to ensure the law was implemented in full.
Homosexuality is a controversial political issue in Latvia.
Earlier this year, parliament changed the country's constitution to ensure that same-sex marriage could not be made legal, and the first Gay Pride march in Latvia, which took place last summer, was marred by angry protests.

Skin 37 Luton, Sat, 17 Jun 2006 at 17:31

Good luch for the brothers and sisters in Latvia :-)

Joe90, Sun, 18 Jun 2006 at 19:25

Same as in Poland - these backward runt nations have all kinds of problems. Why are they part of the EU? Degenerate, indeed? One wonders how they get to the Latvian Parliament? Donkey and cart?

Mary Poppers, Sun, 18 Jun 2006 at 23:30
Naff remark, Joe90. There is a BIG problem in that part of the world though:
Estonia: gay slurs force diplomat out
The Dutch Ambassador to Estonia has been forced to leave after his partner suffered homophobic slurs once the couple’s sexuality was publicised. Ambassador Hans Glaubitz will be transferred to Canada, at his own request, after his Cuban-born partner suffered homophobic and racist taunts on the streets of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.
“As far as I know there were no physical attacks, but verbal attacks that were very threatening,” said the Ambassador’s spokesperson, Herman Van Gelderen.
Van Gelderen said the Dutch foreign minister will meet to address the issue with his Estonian counterpart. Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reported the harassment began shortly after the couple’s sexuality was revealed in a local weekly newspaper.
Ambassador Glaubitz said Estonian “society is far from ready to accept two men as a couple, especially if one is black.”
“We can’t do anything about bad manners on the street,” he said. “I am… convinced that most Estonians are very nice and polite.”
Homophobia is rife in many parts of Eastern Europe, with politicians in Poland, Russia and Latvia making public statements inciting hatred toward gays, and attempting to prevent Pride marches from going ahead.

Joe90, Mon, 19 Jun 2006 at 16:12

Why naff, Mary Poppers? The attitude fits with an undeveloped agricultural society, no? Not PC? Tough!

Laizi olas, Wed, 21 Jun 2006 at 09:30

Latvian popels are from viking race and crazy about the womans NOT man. is normal

Mary Quite Contrary, Thu, 22 Jun 2006 at 21:22
Latvian popels are not served well by jerks like you, Laizi - you'd be happier in the Bible Belt (USA) but of course y'll can't get a visa, can u? Grow a moustache and wear a gold necklace ...YOU R a REAL man (hahhahahahah)


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