Judge acquitted over 'gay abuse'
10 July 2006, BRUSSELS — A judge who allegedly abused a gay man last year for his sexual orientation did not "breach the dignity of his office", Tongeren Court ruled on Monday.
10 July 2006
BRUSSELS — A judge who allegedly abused a gay man last year for his sexual orientation did not "breach the dignity of his office", Tongeren Court ruled on Monday.
The ruling was issued after the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to racism had lodged an official complaint.
What started as a court case about an inheritance issue ended last September in a barrage of abuse aimed at the 44-year-old Eric Vanswijgenhoven, of Bree.
Tongeren judge Rudi Robeyns had asked during the hearing whether it was legal that "two life partners of the same sex" had gained a loan from a bank and whether it was in breach of "public order and good morals".
The judge later said: "I have nothing against gays, but they may not raise the abnormal to the normal because that norm is still the family, with a man, a woman and children".
Vanswijgenhoven then lodged a complaint with the Centre for Equal Opportunities, which sent a letter to the judge's supervisor.
But Tongeren Court has now rejected the complaint. It did not explain its reasoning for the ruling.
The Centre for Equal Opportunities will now seek a clarification in the Supreme Court and from Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
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