Future generations of queer people in the Netherlands may well benefit from the inclusion of LGBT rights in Article 1 of the country’s constitution.
Article 1 outlaws discrimination on the basis of religion, belief, political affiliation, race and gender.
Lawmakers have now elected to add ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘disability’ to the list of protected characteristics. Assurances have also been given that gender characteristics, gender identity and gender expression are covered by existing sex and gender provisions.
A vote on the proposal in the lower house of the Dutch parliament saw 124 in favour and 26 against. The proposal now goes forward to the 75-seat Senate.
Commenting, Astrid Oosenbrug of Dutch LGBT+ group COC (Cultuur en Ontspanningscentrum) said (in translation): “This is wonderful news. Today we have taken a big step towards anchoring our rights in the constitution.
“This is important for today, as a task for the politicians to tackle violence against LGBTI people. And it is important for the future, as a guarantee that we will still be able to enjoy our hard-won rights in 50 or 100 years’ time.”
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