European Commission presents its new Homo-Agenda – but citizens will get an occasion to oppose it

imageIn this week’s meeting of the Social Affairs Council, Commissioner for Justice and Gender Equality Věra Jourová has presented a “list of actions by the Commission to advance LGBTI Equality”.

The list is to be seen as a follow-up to the Parliament’s demand for an EU Roadmap against homophobia, the so-called ‘Lunacek-report’, which was adopted in February 2014 despite unprecedented massive protest from citizens who believe that society needs no privileges based on un-normal sexual orientations, but sound policies to protect and promote marriage and families.

While it certainly represents a step into a wrong direction, the document does not, however, go quite as far as the Homo-Lobby might have wished. It is not a ‘roadmap’ or ‘strategy’ as the ‘Lunacek-report ’ requested, but highlights actions in a number of areas where the Commission already actively promotes the Homo-Agenda. This includes, for example, the systematic misuse of foreign policy and development aid instruments to pressure third countries into submission to the Homo-Agenda.

The Commission also wants to launch a communication campaign to improve the social acceptance of sodomy.

The list does not contain new legislative proposals, as the Lunacek-Report had demanded. However, it is clear from the outset that the Commission intends to continue using “freedom of movement” and “mutual recognition of civil law documents” as arguments to promote the Homo-Agenda. One such project has however suffered a severe setback last week, when a draft directive that would Member States to accept homo-“marriage” and homo-adoption through the back door was vetoed by Poland and Hungary.

In today’s weekly meeting, the Commission will have to decide on the official registration of the new citizens’ initiative  “Mum, Dad & Kids”. Rumours inside the Commission say that Commission Vice-President Timmermans is very unhappy about this new initiative, which, if registered, will give citizens a chance to express themselves against the re-definition of marriage and the family. However, it seems that the Commission’s Legal Service has advised him that the initiative “does not fall manifestly outside the EU’s competences”, and that therefore the Commission is obliged to grant its registration.

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