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'EU must stop denying rights to same-sex couples'-De Brún

7 September, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP has criticised differences in the level of recognition of same sex couples across Europe. Differences within national law mean some member states do not recognise partnerships as the equivalent of marriage.

Speaking in Strasbourg where the European Parliament is debating this issue, de Brún said "Same sex couples are at a strong risk of discrimination within the EU. This needs to stop."

"There needs to be mutual recognition in this area. Families should not lose their rights simply by crossing a border. Only seven EU member states see partnership as equal to marriage and despite repeated pressure the European Parliament has chosen to remain silent on the issue. This only continues the discrimination"

"It is essential that the EU wakes up and takes a stand on the discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families face. By keeping silent on the issue the EU is turning a blind eye to the rights of its citizens". CRÍOCH

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