The new EU Constitution, in the early stages of the ratification process, is winning strong support from homosexuals in the European Union.
The International Gay and Lesbian Association has come out clearly in favour. The treaty is important in the eyes of lesbian, gay, bi- and trans-gender people because equality and non-discrimination are among its legally recognised objectives. The Constitution provides a list of fundamental rights guaranteed within the scope of EU law. It says that “In defining and implementing policies and activities… the Union shall aim to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.” Rights associations are optimistic that the Constitution will have a pan-European positive impact in debates on couples’ social status, for example tax, inheritance and adoption.