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Romanian pride march is focus for rights debate

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(9 Jun 2018) Gay rights activists took part in a pride march Saturday in the Romanian capital to demand more rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. This week, in what was hailed as a victory for gay rights in Romania, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that a Romanian-American couple, Adrian Coman and Clai Hamilton, were entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples in the European Union. "We're fortunate to be able to be used as catalyst for change," American Clai Hamilton said at the march. "And to be able to help others of course the decision is about a step closer for us but now it solves so many other questions and concerns for other couples around the EU." The court ruled that EU members "may not obstruct the freedom of residence" of EU citizens by refusing to grant residence for the same-sex spouse. However, the ruling doesn't oblige states to allow marriage of same-sex couples. Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia don't currently offer legal protection to same-sex couples. Elsewhere in Bucharest, Romanians who consider homosexuality to be a threat to society held a counter march Saturday. New Right movement leader Tudor Ionescu said the gay pride parade was "a disgrace, a slap on the cheek of a Christian capital." Participants in the opposition rally called for a referendum to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Romania's marriage law currently defines marriage as a union of spouses, which gay rights opponents say could open the door to same-sex marriages. Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Archive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APArchives Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/102011028589719587178/+APArchive​ Tumblr: https://aparchives.tumblr.com/​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APNews/ You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/a7d0961e39781df8b91e9029eb905084
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Dan Delorenzo (1 month ago)
Pedophile pride soon to follow. This is the way the West pushes insanity on the East
Dudelsackpfeifer (1 month ago)
How is homosexuality harmful? Explain that. And yes, I agree paedophilia is harmful to children, and to society. But just because an egregious group wants something doesn't mean that they will get what they want. The reason same-sex partnerships and adoptions are being legalised is because the scientific and psychiatric community has reached the conclusion that it is not harmful. The opposite conclusion has been reached about paedophilia.
Dudelsackpfeifer (1 month ago)
but why ban same-sex marriage in the constitution? Why not just go right to the thing you're afraid of and ban bestiality and paedophilia in the constitution?
Dan Delorenzo (1 month ago)
Sadly Homosexuality is harmful and it is legal, as is smoking, and drinking alcohol. The difference is Paedophelia harms children. NAMBLA is real, and waiting for their turn at "rights" and the addition of the letter "P" to the alphabet acronym of perversions!
Dudelsackpfeifer (1 month ago)
as for bestiality, I don't really have an opinion about it. I'm not into it, but animals dont view sex the way humans do
Dudelsackpfeifer (1 month ago)
Perhaps we should ban celibate priests. That has led to quite a bit of child rape
Alexander Podolsky (1 month ago)
disgusting perverts
wayne's world (1 month ago)
Sick degenerates! They are allowed to breath!! That’s it!!!
Dudelsackpfeifer (1 month ago)
my bad, didn't realise you're just a little troll hiding under your bridge. Carry on comrade. Also it's spelled "breathe" not breath. Breath is a noun. Breathe is a verb. But then again I don't expect much after your last comment
wayne's world (1 month ago)
Dudelsackpfeifer blah blah blah fags fags fags
Dudelsackpfeifer (1 month ago)
who are you talking about? regardless of whether youre talking about the activists or the counterprotesters, you shouldnt dehumanise people like this. youre not helping your cause unless you convince people that your cause is a just one

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