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.
‘It is the duty of a state to eliminate practices and legal rules which stem from cultural or societal prejudices which are based on the supremacy of a gender’ said the proposal, which was introduced on Sept. 11.
The proposal was submitted during discussion on the principle of equality as part of the drafting of the "Fundamental Rights and Freedoms" chapter of the Turkish constitution by the parliamentary constitution reconciliation commission.
CHP’s İzmir deputy Rıza Türmen and the BDP’s Diyarbakır deputy Altan Tan asked for constitutional protection of LGBT rights along with the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity, within the article covering protection of equality.
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