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Bulgaria rejects bill that would have criminalized homosexual behavior

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Lawmakers in Bulgaria have rejected a controversial legislative amendment that would have criminalized homosexual behavior, including “coming out.”

The amendment to Bulgaria’s Criminal Code was proposed by nationalist party Ataka, and was swiftly seen as harsher than the anti-gay “propaganda” law in Russia, reported the Sofia News Agency.

The proposal would have provided for 1 – 5 years in prison and a fine of BGN 5,000 – 10,000 (approx $3,400 – $6,800 USD) for persons who “by organizing or participating in events, rallies and parades, or through the media and the internet publicly manifest their own or of other persons homosexual orientation.”

Supporters argued for the bill citing Biblical passages.

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  1. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:15pm
  2. go bulgaria!…wherever you are…:)

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:16pm
  3. That would be South-Central Europe. Near Hungary and Romania....

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:29pm
  4. Grazie!

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:39pm
  5. Map. Use it.

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:18pm
  6. joel, that's just mean

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:01pm
  7. A country with a soul: A rainbow soul.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:17pm
  8. no ... a soul for everyone including rainbow souls

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:53pm
  9. Bulgaria was welcomed into the European Union less than 10 years ago. One of the conditions of becoming a EU member stat is that the country must have its anti-gay laws abolished, annulled, and declared invalid.

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:19pm
  10. Right on

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:20pm
  11. Though I applaud this move by Bulgaria, they are part of the EU, so this bill was DOA.

    And it isn’t a pro-gay country. Actually one of the most hostile to LGBT rights in Europe.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:23pm
  12. Well, keep in mind, they still *proposed* the bill.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:26pm
  13. 1/2 empty v 1/2 full----going with 1/2 full...:)

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:40pm
  14. I was very surprised to see this article… it’s good it was stopped before becoming law, but scary that it was proposed in the first place. Like previously mentioned, Bulgaria is in EU, why is there still so much variation on hbtq-rights laws across the EU.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:44pm
  15. My Bulgarian friend tells me the name of that party means “Attack” and that they are a radical fringe group that is not taken seriously by most Bulgarians. Kinda like the Tea Party here.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:48pm
  16. България ви го правиш правилно!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:55pm
  17. Bulgaria Your doing it right!

    Replied on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:55pm
  18. I was in Sophia a couple years ago- a very tolerant and gay friendly vibe- must b fringe group

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:57pm
  19. Wow. Dodged a bullet there.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:04pm
  20. *big sigh of relief*

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:09pm
  21. Yes people, there is a group of hypocrites here, the leader of which is mentally ill… Not only speaking from lgbt comunity’s point, he is kinda A neo-naci also… I live in BG, good it was rejected, but still things here aren’t that well… We are 50/50 tollerated here. Have a great day! ;)

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:15pm
  22. These headlines alway make me think too hard. I need a “good news for gays” explanation in the title. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:49pm
  23. Good

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:53pm
  24. Good for Bulgaria. They know about oppression and have rejected it for gay people.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:59pm
  25. Way to go Bulgaria! Now you’re just one step further to a brighter future

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:08pm
  26. The bulgarian Slatni pjasazi is a party hot spot for young people from all over europe. They would lose loads of money if they would criminalize “homosexual behaviour”..

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:20pm
  27. These bible thumpers are coming out of the woodwork! Their ignorance and understanding of biology and the bible are incredibly deficient!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:26pm
  28. I would love to travel to Bulgaria. The pictures of their countryside and the old castles are stunning.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:31pm
  29. Good!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:44pm
  30. Lets have the Olympics in Bulgaria!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:23pm
  31. Got a love the Bulgarians they never turned their Jewish population over to Hitler
    on the right side of history

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:19pm
  32. Welcome to the 19th Century

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:23pm
  33. Awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:52pm
  34. There seems to be some sanity in the world.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:02pm
  35. Congratulations Bulgaria! I am proud of you! xx

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:18pm
  36. They cant do that and be an EU member!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:05am