Moving the mountain, one teaspoon at a time

// 13 March 2012

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LGBT Intergroup logoPossibly my quote-of-the-day today comes from Sophie in ‘t Veld, Vice-president of the European Parliament’s LGBT Rights Intergroup and author of a newly-adopted report on equality in the EU between women and men (the tacit acceptance of the traditional gender binary there is disappointing):

I don’t know what it is about Europe that allows us to recognise bread as bread and cheese as cheese when they go from the Netherlands to Germany, but not love as love. Conservative colleagues keep trying to cage same-sex families in their own country. But freedom of movement is for everyone in the EU, and equality will prevail.

Sometimes the simplest analogies are the strongest.

The report also acknowledges that families in the European Union are diverse and include different-sex and same-sex parents […] who deserve equal protection under national and European Union law. It is also critical of the implementation by some Member States of restrictive definitions of ‘family’ in order to deny legal protection to same-sex couples and their children.

Additionally, in the field of hate crime, the Parliament has also urged the Commission to include homophobic and transphobic violence and harassment in its action programmes against gender-based violence.

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