15/01/2005 | Writer: KAOS GL

The European Union needs to recognize the importance of gay equality when it negotiates with Turkey later this year, contends one of the largest lesbian and gay rights groups in Europe, Gay.com UK reported.

As they consider whether or not Turkey should join the EU, members should require a pledge from the country that it will improve the way it treats sexual minorities, according to the International Lesbian & Gay Association, Europe, news reports indicate. The organization notes that Turkish legislation as it stands does not outlaw bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Gay.com UK reported. Turkey is the only European NATO state that still bans gays from serving in its army, calling same-sex attraction a
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