Bil Browning

Ukraine Changes Tune on Gay Rights

Filed By Bil Browning | February 12, 2013 2:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gay rights, Leonid Kozhara, nondiscrimination laws, Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister

"The issue of homosexuals is now generating strong controversy in Ukraine, but our government has already prepared a draft law and will soon submit it to the parliament. Without a law that prohibits discrimination against gays, we cannot move on the road to abolition of visas. I think that the will to further integration with the European Union outweighs the resistance, and the law will be passed."

-- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara announcing that his country will drop proposed legislation to ban "gay propaganda" and will instead pass a nondiscrimination law that covers sexual orientation. One of the conditions of membership in the European Union requires the Ukraine to provide protections for gays and lesbians.

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