Turkey: Erdogan AKP party MPs veto gay rights amendment

Opposition Social-Dems, Kurds proposed constitutional amendment

14 September, 18:36

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 14 - MPs from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) vetoed a proposed constitutional amendment protecting gay rights, local media reported on Friday.

Working in a parliamentary commission on constitutional reform, social democratic MPs from the Republican People's Party (CHP) and from the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) based the proposed amendment on the principle of "sexual orientation", according to Hurriyet daily online. "We don't believe it's right to include references to gays in the constitution," AKP MP for Istanbul, Mustafa Sentop, explained. (ANSAmed).

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