Monday, January 23, 2023

Netherlands changes Constitution to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation


The Upper House of Netherlands voted to amend Article 1 of the Dutch Constitution, expanding it to prohibit discrimination against someone because of sexual orientation. 

Previously the constitution said it was forbidden to discriminate on the basis of religion, philosophy, political preference, race, gender, or on any other grounds. The amendment to the Netherlands' constitution makes it explicitly forbidden to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation.

In a 56­–15 vote in the Dutch Senate, the proposal for amendment passed and is now headed to King Willem-Alexander for his royal assent and the Dutch government. Once approved it will be published in the Staatscourant, the official government publication that formally announces the new laws.

Besides banning discrimination, this amendment in the constitution would make a future reversal of laws that allow same-sex marriage and adoption of children by homosexual partners impossible.

Well done!

Netherlands were the first European country 
where gay marriage become legal in 2001

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