Same-Sex marriages in Albania?
According to an August 1, 2009 article in The Boston Globe, Albania Plans to allow Same-Sex Marriages, Albania's Prime Minister Sali Berisha's upcoming surprise proposal before the Albanian parliament allowing same-sex marriages has already generated strong objections by Albania's Christian Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Muslim clerical leaders. Moreover, opposition politicians have accused Berisha of using the issue as a ploy to draw attention away from their allegations that a June election was rigged. As a result, Berisha will most assuredly face a tough fight in Parliament, but should he prevail, Albania would become the first country in the Balkans to enact such protective legislation for homosexuals.
Albania, as a candidate for EU membership, will have to pass laws protecting sexual minorities from discrimination, but not necessarily approve gay marriage. However, almost two decades after the fall of communism, Albanian homosexuals still keep their sex lives very secret and private to shield themselves from the scorn and sometimes violent discrimination by members of Albanian society. Albania has, traditionally, had a long history of discrimination against homosexuals, and, under almost 50 years of communism, homosexuals lived in fear of being discovered since they were often given long prison sentences while suffering much verbal and physical abuse by both keepers and inmates.
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