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   Albania 'to approve gay marriage'
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jul 31, 2009 06:04am
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CategoryProposed Legislation
MediaTV News - British Broadcasting Corporation BBC News
News DateThursday, July 30, 2009 11:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAlbanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has announced his party will propose a law legalising same-sex marriage.

It is an unexpected move in a country that is still one of the most conservative in Europe and where homosexuality was illegal until 1995.

Mr Berisha acknowledged the proposed law might provoke debate but maintained that discrimination in modern Albania had to end.

The bill was drawn up by a group of non-governmental organisations.

It has been accepted by Mr Berisha's Democratic Party and will now come before parliament in the autumn.

In a predominantly Muslim country with almost no open homosexual community, the announcement by a conservative PM has taken people by surprise.
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