Albania Passes Model Law Against Discrimination

February 8, 2010

by Rex Wockner | Pink Paper

Albania’s Parliament banned discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, last week.

The law covers employment, housing, provision of goods and services, education and access to public places. It also specifically mentions health care, banking, transportation, entertainment and social protection.

The vote was 71 to 0. Prime Minister Sali Berisha strongly backs the measure.

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Albanian LGBT Community Welcomes PM’s Same-Sex Marriage Plan

August 13, 2009

TIRANA (Reuters) – Albania’s homosexuals won more than they had hoped for after the government said it planned to allow same-sex marriages despite opposition from religious leaders and politicians.

The proposal put forward by Prime Minister Sali Berisha on Thursday faces a tough fight in parliament.

But should he make good on his plans, Albania would join European Union members The Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain in giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples and would be the first country in the Balkans to do so.

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Albania Plans to Legalize Gay Marriages

July 30, 2009

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s governing Democrats have proposed a law allowing same-sex civil weddings in the small, predominantly Muslim country.

An announcement on the government Web site Thursday said the bill “may spark debate” but was needed to stop discrimination against gay couples. Current law only recognizes heterosexual marriages.

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