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MEPs Ask Bulgaria to Grant Legal Recognition to Gay Couples



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BRUSSELS, November 13, 2008  –  A group of Members of the European Parliament has asked member-nation Bulgaria to include same-sex couples in its draft legislation on ‘domestic partnerships’.

The all-party ‘intergroup’ for gay and lesbian rights has written to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Sergei Stanishev, and members of the National Assembly expressing concerns that same-sex couples are not included in the draft legislation.

“Unions between opposite-sex and same-sex couples are based on the same ground,” says the letter, signed by MEPs Michael Cashman, Lissy Gräner, Raúl Romeva and Sophie In´t Veld.

“It is a commitment and a declaration of love.

They go on to say that not including same-sex couples the the legislation “constitutes a direct discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation if opposite-sex couples can legally register a partnership, but same-sex couples can not..

“Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation is prohibited in various legal documents of the European Union,” the letter points out.

Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007.





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Posted: 13 November 2008 at 17:30 (UK time)


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