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E.U. Report Urges
Strengthening Antidiscrimination Laws

E.U. Report Urges
Strengthening Antidiscrimination Laws

The European Union says gays in several member nations need stronger protections against discrimination, based on a report released Tuesday by the E.U.'s Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The European Union says gays in several member nations need stronger protections against discrimination, based on a report released Tuesday by the E.U.'s Agency for Fundamental Rights, according to the Associated Press.

The report noted that while lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have broad legal protections in many of the countries in the E.U., seven nations protect against discrimination only in employment and need to expand that to other aspects of life. These are Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, and Portugal. Other nations, according to the report, prohibit antigay discrimination in such areas as housing and access to goods and services.

The agency also urged member nations to offer same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual married couples. Gay couples have equal marriage rights in only three E.U. nations: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. Several other E.U. nations offer gays some form of registered partnership.

The report, however, criticized Spain as one of nine countries having no "equality body" to handle complaints related to antigay discrimination. The others are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Poland, and Portugal.

The agency also said transgender people are especially in need of antidiscrimination protections, and further called for better application of existing laws covering hate speech and hate crimes against LGBT citizens.

"Equal treatment is a fundamental right that all members of our society should enjoy," the AP quoted agency director Morton Kjaerum as saying. (The Advocate)

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