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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament.

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Lithuania postpones vote on anti-gay ‘public family defilement’ bill

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Seimas, the Lithuania Parliament in Vilnius.
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final vote on a bill establishing fines for “public family defilement," a measure similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

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EU court: Same-sex couples in civil partnerships must receive equal benefits

| Thursday, December 12, 2013
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BRUSSELS -- The European Union's highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can't marry, they must get the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships.

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EU commissioner to skip Olympics because of Russia’s human rights record

| Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Viviane Reding
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- European Union commissioner Viviane Reding said Tuesday she would not be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, over that country's treatment of minorities.

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EU court: Homosexuality can be grounds for asylum

| Thursday, November 7, 2013
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BRUSSELS -- Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled Thursday.

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Moldova’s parliament annuls anti-gay law in hopes of joining European Union

| Monday, October 14, 2013
Moldova
CHISINAU, Moldova — Moldova's parliament on Friday annulled a recently approved law prohibiting “homosexual propaganda” as it tries to secure entry into the European Union.

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Amnesty report slams European Union for failing to combat anti-LGBT violence

| Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Amnesty InternationalHuman rights advocates at an Amnesty International demonstration.
LONDON -- The European Union (EU) and its member-states are failing to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and fail to protect all individuals from discrimination, harassment and violence, Amnesty International said in a report published Wednesday.

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European Parliament group: Hold Putin accountable at G20 summit

| Friday, August 30, 2013
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BRUSSELS -- As opposition to Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law escalates, members of the European Parliament are calling on European Union leaders and the Council of Europe to denounce that country’s increasingly forceful crackdown on the LGBT community.

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EU survey reveals many LGBT people throughout Europe still live in fear

| Friday, May 17, 2013
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Across Europe, gay couples are scared of publicly engaging in even the most basic expression of their affection: Holding hands.

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Russia’s foreign minister defends bill to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’

| Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans in Moscow on Tuesday. Photo: Misha Japaridze, AP
MOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday rejected criticism from the Dutch government and the European Union about proposed legislation that would outlaw "homosexual propaganda."

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