Three cheers for the European Union! Well, most of it.
The European Union has become the first international body to have a treaty containing explicit language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The Charter brings together into a single document all of the separate EU laws and regulations on human-rights but despite the fanfare it has no legal force. That will only happen when the parliaments of all 27 member states ratify a concord called the Lisbon Treaty that reforms the way the EU operates.
The International Lesbian and Gay Association – Europe hailed the Charter on Wednesday and urged member states to ratify the Lisbon Treaty saying that the document will advance the rights of LGBT people throughout Europe.
Britain and Poland refused to sign the Charter, for which they wanted a referendum. Spoil sports.