The Netherlands votes to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation

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02/12/2023

The Netherlands voted to expand part of its constitution so discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and disability are explicitly banned. The change, approved in a 56-15 vote by the Dutch senate, is the last step in a years-long process toward the amendment. Previously Article 1 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands stated it is forbidden to discriminate on the basis of religion, philosophy, political preference, race, gender, “or on any other grounds.” The amendment was an initiative from coalition party Democrats 66 and left wing opposition parties the Labour Party and GroenLinks, which was developed over a 12 year period. In 2020, PinkNews reported the bill’s passage through the Dutch Parliament, where the amendement had to pass through both the upper and lower houses.

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