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EU declares freedom zone for gay community – By Kendra Chan

The European Parliament has came to an agreement that Europe will be a ‘LGBT [Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender] freedom zone’.

This symbolic resolution was passed in regards to the Poland local authorities labelling themselves ‘LGBT ideology-free zones’, meaning they are against those who identify as LGBT.

The Polish government has also proposed a law banning LGBT couples from adopting children.

Same-sex relationships are not legally recognized in Poland, and it is illegal for LGBT couples to get married.

Additionally, individuals who have adopted children as single parents would now be criminally charged if found in a same-sex relationship, should the bill pass. 

A few hours after Poland announced the new ban, the European Union (EU) has passed the resolution declaring their support:

“LGBTIQ [Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Intersex; Queer] persons everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution.”

It adds that “authorities at all levels of governance across the EU should protect and promote equality and the fundamental rights of all, including LGBTIQ persons”.

The resolution was supported by more than half of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), with 492 out of 679 voting in agreement. 

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