Swoboda warns against LGBTI discrimination
Ultra-conservative lobby groups are pushing for constitutional amendments in several European countries to limit marriage to heterosexual couples and thereby deny LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people the same rights.
Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, said:
"We are greatly concerned by recent developments in several EU member countries, including Slovakia, where the rights of LGBTI people are under attack.
"Locking the definition of marriage in the constitution as a union between a man and a woman – under pressure from far-right and religious groups – would significantly reduce the possibilities for future governments to join the many other European countries where marriages between men or women are perfectly legal and enjoy equal rights.
"We, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, reiterate our unwavering commitment to inclusion and equal rights for everyone."