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GLBT Rights Europe D66 ALDE/ELDR European Parliament

European Liberals unanimous on gay weddings

   Fri 28/09/2001

At the yearly conference of the ELDR, the European political party composed of various national liberal parties, a resolution tabled by the Dutch government party D66 calling for the opening of marriage to same-sex couples was adopted unanimously. Initiator Lousewies van der Laan: "The choice of a partner should be a personal decision."

European Liberal parties have spoken out in favour of the opening of marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Where legal marriage will not be available in the short run, the ELDR calls for registered partnerships that offer protection of same-sex couples at a similar level as married couples.

At the yearly conference of the ELDR, the European political party composed of various national liberal parties, a resolution tabled by the Dutch government party D66 calling for the opening of marriage to same-sex couples was adopted unanimously. The D66-resolution included an amendment by the Belgian VLD-party of prime-minister Verhofstadt, explicitly stating that the equal protection of gay and lesbian couples should include adoption rights.

The resolution was initiated by Lousewies van der Laan, member of the European Parliament: "When you believe, as liberals do, that stable family relations are beneficial for both individuals and for society as a whole, it is not defendable that people are excluded from marriage solely based on their sexual orientation. The choice of a partner should be a personal decision."

The ELDR party includes liberal parties from all over Europe, including many southern and eastern European countries. Both D66 and VLD have played a pivotal role in the opening up of legal marriage for gay couples in The Netherlands respectively Belgium.

 

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