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Turkish Minister Protested for Antigay Remark

Turkish Minister Protested for Antigay Remark


A small group of gay rights activists in Ankara interrupted a meeting Thursday to protest a Turkish minister who said that homosexuality is a disease.

According to the Associated Press, "The small group of demonstrators interrupted a meeting about equal opportunity and gender equality in Ankara on Thursday and loudly asked Aliye Kavaf to apologize for last month's remark. The meeting was attended by Italy's equal opportunities minister, Mara Carfagna, a former model and TV starlet."

Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, but activists say they lack legal protections and contend with social discrimination in the Muslim nation. Activists on Thursday held signs that read, "Don't hate, apologize," according to the AP.

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