ROME, December 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-family leaders are gearing up to fight a new report that, if accepted by the European Parliament, would impose homosexual hate crime legislation on all EU member states, saying that it amounts to the “next assault” on the rights and prerogatives of the traditional family in Europe.
Supporters of the Lunacek Report have called it a “roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.” Specifically it calls for EU Member States to specifically “register and investigate hate crimes against LGBTI people, and adopt criminal legislation prohibiting incitement to hatred on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
In November the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights presented the Lunacek Report – named for Austrian Ulrike Lunacek, the author and a Green Party MEP who serves as co-president of the LGBT Intergroup – to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The committee voted to adopt it on December 17, sending it forward for discussion and a vote by the Parliament’s plenary in early 2014.
The drafting group said the report would “serve to guide EU and Member State actions, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity: the Commission would use its powers under EU treaties, including facilitating the exchange of good practice among Member States.”
Sophia Kuby of the watchdog group European Dignity Watch, said that “although reason prevailed” earlier this month with the hair-thin defeat of the Estrela Report, which sought to establish abortion as a “right” and mandate explicit “sex education” for toddlers, “the next attempt of lobby-driven politics is already on the agenda.”
Kuby said that the initial statement of the Lunacek Report, on “the universal application and validity of human rights for all, regardless of personal preferences, age, or any other property, needs to be defended in the EU”.
But the report, she said, “turns this fundamental equality upside down by claiming that specific LGBTI rights should now be considered human rights. This turns the universal validity of human rights into its exact opposite.”
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In the report, the drafters say that they “strongly regret that the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are not yet always fully upheld in the European Union.” They write that they believe “that the European Union currently lacks a comprehensive policy to protect the fundamental rights of LGBTI people.”
J.C. von Krempach, J.D., who works for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, called the Lunacek Report “the next attempt of radical and extremist groups in the European Parliament to embellish their agenda, and provide it with the appearance of legitimation, by the use of human rights vocabulary.”
If adopted, the Lunacek Report, will turn “this ‘queered’ approach to human rights into the new basis of the EU’s human rights policy,” he said.
This “new approach would fundamentally alter Europe’s understanding of human rights, replacing them with the particular agenda of one special-interest group: Europe is to become a big Wonderland where all wishes of lesbians and gays enjoy the status of law.”
The report says that the European Commission “should issue guidelines” to include “transgender and intersex persons” in existing rights directives dealing with matters of employment and occupation. It should also promote “equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity throughout its youth and education programmes” and should encourage “good practice” in education “including teaching materials, anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies, among Member States”.
Significantly, the report calls for the EU Commission to “make proposals for the recognition of the effects of civil status documents across the EU, including registered partnerships, marriages and legal gender recognition, in order to reduce discriminatory legal and administrative barriers for citizens and their families who exercise their right to free movement.”
MEP Roberta Metsola, spokesman for the EPP Group (Group of the European Peoples Party,) described as a “centre-right” coalition of Christian Democrats and European Democrats at the EU parliament, welcomed the document, commenting, “The problems LGBTI people face in Europe are serious: discrimination, violence and harassment are persistent phenomena, that must be addressed.”
“The vote this morning sent a strong message and showed a broad consensus across the political spectrum to tackle these issues,” she said.
Kuby warned, however, that the report, far from establishing an equal playing field for rights for everyone, specifies “that one particular group in society, which wants to push for their own particular interest, should be able to declare new human rights as they please.”
Lunacek expressed her disappointment at the defeat of the Estrela Report last week, saying “It is a sad day today for women and girls inside the European Union”.
“We all know abortions take place, wherever on this world, and it is the responsibility of women and men to see to it that no woman needs to die or needs to get ill because of an unsafe abortion.” She complained of the “hundreds” of “stupid and false information emails” that “flooded” MEPs considering the Report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”.