Anti-Gay Legislation Rejected by Bulgarian Parliament

Society | January 30, 2014, Thursday // 09:50
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Bulgarian MPs have rejected a controversial legislative amendment providing criminal punishment for openly professing one's homosexual orientation.

The amendment to Bulgaria's Criminal Code was proposed by nationalist party Ataka, and was swiftly seen as harsher than the notorious allegedly anti-gay legislation in Russia.

The proposal provided for 1 - 5 years in prison and a fine of BGN 5,000 - 10,000 for persons who "by organizing or participating in  events, rallies and parades, or through the media and the internet publicly manifest their own or of other persons homosexual orientation".

The amendment was rejected in November by the parliamentary committee on human rights and citizens' complaints as unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Unexpectedly, however, it was put onto Parliament's agenda and was discussed in plenary Wednesday.

Ataka MPs argued for the proposal using, among other things, references from the Bible.

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