The European Parliament has adopted a resolution declaring the entire 27-member European Union a “freedom zone” for LGBT people.
The parliament announced Thursday that the resolution was approved on a 492-141 vote in Brussels on Wednesday.
The resolution comes largely in reaction to developments over the past two years in Poland, where many local communities have fought back against LGBT ideology in an effort to protect traditional families.
The Polish government has denounced the resolution.
It argues that Poland, as a sovereign nation and a deeply Roman Catholic society more conservative than many Western European countries, has the right to defend traditional values.
It accuses EU lawmakers of overstepping their jurisdiction.
The European Parliament’s resolution also said the rights of LGBT people have been “severely hindered” in Hungary due to a de facto ban on legal gender recognition for transgender people.
It noted that two member states — Malta and Germany — have banned conversion therapy.
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