Switzerland votes to imprison people for homophobia and transphobia

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Switzerland has voted to make homophobic and transphobic crimes punishable with up to three years behind bars.The National Council voted to criminalize homophobic and transphobic acts, putting it on a par with anti-racist measures. The council voted 118 for and 60 against to introduce a prison sentence for anti-LGBT bigotry. However, the motion still needs to be passed by the Council of States before it can become law. National councilor Mathias Reynard, who put forward motion, posted on Twitter on September 25 that it is already a big success but the final decision is yet to be made. Speaking to Shorlist, Reynard said: “The Swiss Parliament’s decision is great news because it sends the powerful message that homophobia is not an opinion; as for racism, it’s a violation of the law.” The vote has been praised by LGBT+ groups in the country, where LGBT rights are still a controversial and problematic issue.

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