Romanian Socialist MEPs vote against LGBTIQ rights
Romanian Socialist MEPs joined their right-wing Polish and Hungarian nationalist counterparts in voting against LGBTIQ rights.
The vote earlier this week follows a European Parliament resolution demanding, among other things, recognition of same-sex marriage across the European Union.
Eight out of ten Romanian socialist deputies voted against, as Bucharest also ignores a three-year case at the European Court of Justice defending the rights of same-sex partners.
It also follows the ousting of Hungarian Fidesz co-founder and disgraced ex-MEP József Szájer, caught in a gay orgy in Brussels during a nationwide lockdown last December.
Szájer’s Hungarian colleagues in the European Parliament have since strengthened their anti-LGBTIQ stances with Budapest over the summer, passing a law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality among children.
The President of the European Commission, Von der Leyen, called the new law a “disgrace” and launched a legal action against Hungary.
He also took legal action against the ruling nationalist-law Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland over the spread of so-called “LGBTI-free zones” among hundreds of local authorities under the party’s patronage. .
“By initiating infringement proceedings against Hungary and Poland, the EU has finally clarified that member states can no longer act against human rights with impunity,” said Katrin Hugendubel, Director of Advocacy at ILGA-Europe, an umbrella organization of over 600 LGBTIQ advocacy groups.
“This instrumentalization of a vulnerable minority, which was first employed by Vladimir Putin in 2013 with the Russian anti-propaganda law, provided an example for governments of other EU member states leaning in this direction.” Hugendubel said in an email.
The NGO says there is currently an impasse over LGBTIQ rights in the EU and Europe, following the annual publication of its Rainbow Map in May. He noted increased political repression against LGBTIQ people last year, socio-economic hardship, and a spread of LGBTI-phobic hatred in the region.
Although non-binding, the European Parliament’s resolution on LGBTIQ rights in the EU is seen as a victory for a community that remains stigmatized in these two member states.
The resolution also called for equal EU rights for so-called rainbow families so that children do not become stateless when they move to other EU states.
He called on the European Commission to take action against Romania for failing to comply with a decision of the European Court of Justice, according to which the free movement of spouses also applies to same-sex couples.
The resolution was adopted with 387 votes in favor, 161 against and 123 mostly center-right MEPs abstained.
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga also intervened.
“Interesting how divided the allegedly strong and united @Europarl_EN is. In a vote on a motion for a resolution on LGBTIQ rights in the #EU, 99 members of the @EPPGroup abstained, while the relative majority was only exceeded by 7%, ”she said. said, in a tweet.