Albania PM Berisha: Govt Will Push for Marriage Equality

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As the U.S. lags, the Mediterranean Republic of Albania is reportedly set to make a push for same-sex marriage for its citizens, perhaps to help it attain membership in the EU:

Albania "Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha announced in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the government would push for a law that recognises homosexual marriages. 'This is an important law against discrimination,' said Berisha, who often stresses the importance of family values.

The prime minister said that the law had already been put to parliament and that MPs should treat it seriously because it provides a legal basis against discrimination, bringing the country into line with a framework already approved by the EU, which Albania aspires to join.

Although deeply secular, Albania is one of the three countries in Europe with a Muslim majority – with Bosnia and Kosovo – and it is unclear how the government’s decision will be accepted by the public."

According to Javno, Muslim and Catholic leaders have condemned Berisha's proposal as "unholy" and "buffoonery"…"Albanian lawyers predicted a tough road ahead for the new proposal.
Berisha surprised even human rights activists who had proposed a draft
to avoid discrimination against ethnic minorities and marginalized
groups, including homosexuals."

Comments

  1. Smartypants says

    It is a sad f’ing day when Albania is moving out in front of the United States on any human rights issue. On the bright side, this must have Enver Hoxha spinning in his grave.

  2. paul c says

    Please please please let them do this if only for the hilarious irony that Albania, not so long ago the most repressive, isolationist country in the Western world, will then be more advanced and have more equality than the US. Incredible symbolism.

  3. mikeyj says

    This would be incredible since my late grandmother christina was from there. It would indeed be ironic if same-sex marriage became legal. Albania isn’t so overcrowded or polluted that one can’t begin a new life without the usual homophobic hassles. Oh, they’re there, but mostly people leave you alone.

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