ADDED ON: 03/24/2020

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalize gay marriage

03/23/2020 | Reuters

Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalize gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are “on the wrong side of history”, leading human rights specialists said on Monday. A bill presented by the ruling coalition of Andorra, a nation of 80,000 people on the border of France and Spain, will remove the legal distinction between same-sex civil unions and heterosexual weddings. It is expected to take effect in months. “For countries that continue to discriminate against LGBT people and persecute them as they do in Russia, (Andorra’s) move is further evidence that they are on the wrong side of history,” said barrister Jonathan Cooper at Doughty Street Chambers. Katrin Hugendubel, advocacy director at LGBT+ rights group ILGA-Europe, stressed that human rights must not be overlooked as the world suffers under the effects of the coronavirus.

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