Macedonia Nixes Plans to Protect Gays Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Macedonia, the country that convicts bears of theft, is deflating the spirits of gays there with this development: “The Government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today announced a revised proposal for anti-discrimination legislation that will not refer to sexual orientation in the list of covered grounds. Deputy Minister for Social Policy Spiro Ristovski confirmed the change from earlier drafts, assuring that lesbian, gay and bisexual people would still benefit from the protection guaranteed to all citizens by the proposed law, under the heading of “other grounds” of discrimination. The move has angered Macedonian LGBT activists, and came after earlier drafts included sexual orientation in their provisions. The government is understood to have bowed to pressure from national conservative groups, who assimilated anti-discrimination measures to same-sex marriage and adoption.”