EU countries need to step up anti-bias laws, add marriage rights

07/1/2008 | International Herald Tribune

The European Union should be doing more to stop homophobia and should offer gay and lesbian couples marriage rights that are equal to those of their straight counterparts, according to a report from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Currently, 18 of 27 EU nations offer legal protections to their LGBT residents, the report found. "Equal treatment is a fundamental right that all members of our society should enjoy," said agency director Morten Kjaerum.

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