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Parliament inches forward in case of homosexual education in the classroom

by Editorial Staff in History & Politics , 08 september 2011


A large majority in De Tweede Kamer voted in favor of education on homosexuality and transgenderism at every school in The Netherlands. ‘A strong signal the government can’t possibly ignore,’ says COC chair Vera Bergkamp. ‘We assume the government will listen to parliament’s demands, which are backed by the COC and thousands of signatures through an Internet petition.’

The interest organization rallied a protest at the Plein in front of the Tweede Kamer, where Democrats (D66), Liberals (VVD), Social Democrats (PvdA), Greens (GroenLinks) and Socialists (SP) promised to vote in favor of education. The COC had pressed parliament in 2009 already to accept a motion on compulsory education in every school.

When on the 12th of April this year Minister Van Bijsterveld informed parliament she didn’t want to implement the motion, COC started a nationwide internet petition and lobbied members of parliament and the ministry. It culminated in a new motion today, which was supported by VVD, PvdA, SP, D66, GroenLinks, Partij voor de Dieren and eventually also the PVV.


It calls on the government to implement education programs on homosexuality and transgenderism without any delay in every school in The Netherlands

Objecting civil servants

A suggestion of GroenLinks, PvdA, SP and D66 to immediately end the entire phenomenon of an objecting civil servant (the ones that refuse to marry same sex couples) was held till later this fall. The government did promise however, to respond to the advice of the Committee of Equal Opportunity to end the situation before the end of October.

‘It’s disappointing parliament decided to push the decision back but we will do everything to convince the government that this should really be resolved,’ chair Vera Bergkamp says.
Parliament also accepted a PvdA move to punish homophobe violence more severely



 







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