European Continent Now Completely Free of Laws Criminalizing Gay Sex After Cypriot State Repeal

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The European continent is now completely free of laws criminalizing gay sex after lawmakers in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus voted today to repeal a colonial era sodomy ban. The bill, which was passed on a second reading, still requires endorsement by Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu but he has promised to sign it.

Cyprus Mail reports:

In the north, homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment for five years and Turkish Cypriot activists, had even until recently been forced to hold protests in secret, leaving LGBT signs and symbols anonymously in various places.

Paulo Côrte-Real, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s executive Board, welcomed the move: “We can finally call Europe a continent completely free from laws criminalising homosexuality. In 1981, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in its historic judgment in Dudgeon v UK case that such laws are in breach of the European Human Rights Convention and must be abolished. It took Europe 33 years to completely free the continent from these unjust and discriminatory laws.”

In August 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) agreed to examine a legal challenge against Turkey for the north’s continued failure to repeal a law banning homosexuality.

North America, Australia, and now Europe are free of laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Comments

  1. Myackie says

    from the look of that map, it appears that Cyprus is “Occupied”!!! I wonder why nobody seems to care about this occupation…oh yeah…can’t blame Israel.

  2. scooternva says

    While it might be technically true that Russia is an eastern European country that doesn’t criminalize gay sex, it’s a distinction hardly worth celebrating, considering the state-sponsored homophobia now in place.

  3. Alex says

    How exactly are we defining “North America”? Belize still has laws criminalizing homosexuality, as do several Caribbean nations (which are as much a part of the “North American continent” as Cyprus is part of the “European continent”).

  4. ct says

    There is no “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. It is a rogue state, propped up by the turkish occupation army, recognised by nobody except Turkey.

    The Republic of Cyprus has a single legitimate government, the northern outlaw regime notwithstanding.

  5. Dave says

    @Spacecadet: What Cyprus is, is an almighty clusterfuck.

    While the TRNC is de facto a separate country, it isn’t actually recognised as such by any other nation except Turkey itself. Everyone else, including the UN, recognises the Republic of Cyprus (the southern half) as being the legitimate government of the whole island.

    This situation has persisted since 1974, because (a)the two sides point blank refuse to negotiate with each other, and (b) as Myakie said, Israel isn’t involved.

  6. MaryM says

    The residents of North Cyprus are more than happy with their independence from their Greek co-islanders.

    Let’s remember it was the Greek Cypriots utter stupidity that led to the partition of the island in the first place.

  7. knorman says

    Cyprus is part of the European continent and is part of the European Union.

    Turkey is part of the European continent, classically speaking – what is the position with those laws?

  8. Leroy Laflamme says

    Looks like I’m poster #13 & the first person to celebrate Europe’s good news? Clearly, Towleroad commenters are a glass-half-empty bunch of people.

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