The European Union reminded three countries — Turkey, Macedonia, and Croatia — that they must first support LGBT rights before they’ll be considered for full membership. This entails taking “appropriate action to combat discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation” in “employment, access to goods and service, asylum and immigration.”
Michael Cashman, co-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights said that accession critera are “crystal clear”. ”Minorities must be protected from discrimination as laid out in Article 19 of the Treaty—and that includes sexual orientation,” he said. “This is not an à la carte menu: it is at the core of the European Union, and we will be rigorous in its application.”
If the United States weren’t separated from Europe by an ocean, it would still be disqualified.