Turkey rejects protection for gay rights

ANKARA, Turkey -- The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has vetoed a proposal jointly introduced by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) that would bring in constitutional protection for gay rights.

The (AKP) claimed that LGBT rights should have no place in the Turkish constitution, reported the Turkish paper Hürriyet Daily News.

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(Editor's note: FilmOut San Diego in June showed the powerful Turkish movie, "Zenne Dancer," about a well-publicizedanti-gay "honor killing" in Turkey. It remains a problem, as this story shows. For additional reading, click HERE to read this on CBS News website: "Honor killings" target Turkey's LGBT community.)

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