Lebanon votes against international gay rights bill

Speaker Nabih Berri headed the Lebanese delegation and reportedly played an active role in rallying support for the opposition.
by Georgi Azar

18 October 2018 | 14:47

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 18 October 2018 | 14:47

A file photo of Speaker Nabih Berri (AP)

BEIRUT: Lebanon has voted against a resolution seeking to preserve the rights of the LGBTQ community at the 139th assembly of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland, in line with the rest of the Muslim and African nations. 

The bill, titled "the role of Parliaments in ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and ensuring respect for the human rights of LGBT persons" was struck down after 689 MPs voted against the proposal. 

Speaker Nabih Berri headed the Lebanese delegation and reportedly played an active role in rallying support for the opposition. 

Uganda, the ultra-conservative Christian country, led the charge against the bill in defense of "its Christian values."

They were supported by delegates mainly from China, Russia, African and Arabic nations.

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