In the Netherlands, parliament passes constitutional amendment to expand discrimination prohibition to include sexual orientation or disability

18 January 2023
photo credit: Marco De Swart
photo credit: Marco De Swart
Article 1 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will be expanded to prohibit discrimination against someone because of a disability or sexual orientation. The proposal to expand the first article of the Constitution, which succinctly deals with equality, has received enough support in a vote in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate. […] The change was the result of an initiative from coalition party D66 and left wing opposition parties PvdA and GroenLinks that has developed over the course of twelve years. […] Amending the Constitution requires that both the lower house, the Tweede Kamer, and the Senate initially vote in favor. Subsequently, the law must be put to a vote again after elections have been held, so that voters can still make their voices heard on such issues at the ballot box. [...] The law now only needs to be officially signed by King Willem-Alexander, and the responsible minister, and then it will be published in the Staatscourant, the official government publication that formally announces new laws.
Read the full article here: NL Times


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