The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution declaring that the entire European Union is a zone of freedom for LGBT people. In this way, the EU provides a counterweight to the violation of civil rights, for example in Poland and Hungary.
The resolution overrides national measures which in effect restrict the freedom of certain groups. Poland, on the contrary, has established areas which must be free from “LGBTI ideology”. Last November, the Hungarian municipality of Nagykáta adopted a resolution banning the “dissemination and promotion of LGBTI propaganda”.
Sophie in ‘t Veld, MEP on behalf of D66 and one of the authors of the resolution, is worried about these developments: against what they call LGBTI ideology. The European Parliament is now opposed to it. “
The resolution declares that the EU will become an LGBT freedom zone, regardless of local measures such as the aforementioned Polish zones. Parliamentarians also believe that the European Commission should do more to protect these citizens. Member States that break the rules can be reduced.
“LGBTI people should have the same rights across the EU to live in freedom and to display their sexual orientation and gender identity in public. They should be able to do so without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution. “
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