Europarliament: Same-sex parents must have equal rights to parental leave

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A Parliamentary report this week evaluated the implementation of the EU law on parental leave.

Maria von Känel of the Network of European LGBTIQ* Families Associations (NELFA) said: “[We] welcome the Parliament’s report wholeheartedly as it highlights the importance of providing LGBTIQ parents and their children with the same legal protection and rights as any other family in the European Union. NELFA hopes all Member States will pay attention to the Parliament’s message and follow the example of those Member States that have gone beyond the Directive in providing real equality for all families, in particular as regards the right to parental leave for Rainbow Families.”

In a separate case this month, EU officials warned that the US states of North Carolina and Mississippi are violating a human rights treaty with anti-LGBT legislation. The two states have attracted scrutiny for passing laws rolling back vital LGBT anti-discrimination protections, ostensibly with the goal of stopping trans women from using men’s bathrooms. A spokesperson for the EU said: “The recently adopted laws including in the states of Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, which discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons in the United States contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the US is a State party, and which states that the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection.

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