Ukraine Chooses Discrimination Over Visa-Free Travel, As Parliament Votes Against Gay Rights

Image via kojoku. Problems Persist for Gay-Rights Activists in Eastern Europe and Russia. Here a Woman is Arrested in Russia.

Image via kojoku. Problems Persist for Gay-Rights Activists in Eastern Europe and Russia. Here a Woman is Arrested.

The Ukraine Parliament voted yesterday that gays and lesbians can still be legally fired from work because of their sexual orientation, thus ending the nation’s chances of visa-free travel through the European Union. In order to join Shengen, the problem-plagued former-Soviet country would have to end workplace discrimination against gays, the parliament, though, chose to continue to use Soviet-era laws to discriminate.

One-hundred seventeen lawmakers failed to support the change out of 450 in parliament. The vote shows just how divided the country is: those who want better relations with Europe and those who want closer relations with Russia.

Twenty-six countries belong to Shengen, which allows for less trade regulation and open travel among participating countries.

EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker told the Ukrainian President that the country must protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination, which is seen as a human rights issue.

 

You can watch the video of the gay couple being attacked after the jump…

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