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Parliament wants measures against refusal of gays

by Editorial Staff in History & Politics , 07 april 2008

The parliament has asked the Dutch government to take measures so that gays can’t be refused at or sent away from schools or institutes with a religious background. PvdA (Social Democrats), SP (Socialists), VVD (Liberals), GroenLinks (Greens) and D66 (Democrats) have responded to the threat of the European Commission to take The Netherlands to the Judicial Court of Luxembourg if it refuses to sharpen the non-discrimination legislation. GroenLinks member Dibi asked for an explanation from the responsible ministers Plasterk (Education, Culture and Science) and Ter Horst (Internal Affairs) on the request of the Commission.

The VVD says this is a ‘grave complaint’ from Brussels. The COC is very happy with the move of the European Commission. “We should stop bantering with the right of gays,” says chairman Van Dalen. Plasterk refused to comment on Monday, as he hadn’t received the letter from Euro Commissioner Spidla yet. The Commissioner said the Dutch legislation offers schools and churches to much room to refuse gays jobs. That is against an earlier accepted guideline from Europe.

Another twelve EU states have received comments on this issue from Spidla. PvdA member Timmer says it’s ridiculous that gays are being banned because of their sexual orientation: “We’ve always been against that and we are still. If it’s necessary we want to amend the legislation”

The SP also wants that homosexuality becomes a more accepted issue at schools. According to VVD member Griffith it’s ridiculous that there are “gaps in our non-discrimination laws.” Dibi (GroenLinks) states “it’s time our non-discrimination legislation is sharpened on this issue.”

CDA (Christian Democrats) member Jonker is more reluctant: “We have to comply to European guidelines. If sharpening is necessary is up to the responsible ministers.”

According to the ChristenUnie (United Christian Parties) states that Brussels should not interfere with the educational and religious systems in The Netherlands. Chair of the Christian fraction Slob claims there are no problems with gays working in schools.

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