"EU must recognise gay marriage"

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21 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – Homosexual couples that marry in the Netherlands and move to another EU country should be recognised there as legally married.

21 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – Homosexual couples that marry in the Netherlands and move to another EU country should be recognised there as legally married.

Dutch members of the European Parliament Sophie in ‘t Veld (Democrat D66) and Kathalijne Buitenweg (green-left GroenLinks), who work to promote gay rights throughout Europe, are insisting that the EU do more to protect the rights of homosexuals.

If a couple that married in the Netherlands moves to Italy, for instance, they are not officially regarded as a married couple. A partner can consequently miss out on his or her inheritance if the other dies.

Heterosexual couples are not faced with this problem since other EU countries do recognise their status as married. "It is unacceptable that only some of the marriages performed in the Netherlands are recognised abroad," Buitenweg says.

The struggle for equal treatment for homosexuals is toughest at the moment in the Eastern European countries that joined the EU over the past few years, say the two MPs. Gay Pride demonstrations in Latvia and Poland have been met with fierce and sometimes violent counter-demonstrations over the past years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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