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Georgia's Antidiscrimination Law Opposed By Church Comes Into Effect

Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia says the legalization of "illegality is a huge sin" and it will be rejected by believers.
Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia says the legalization of "illegality is a huge sin" and it will be rejected by believers.
By RFE/RL's Georgian Service
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed an antidiscrimination bill into law.

The law went into force after it was published on the state online registry of legal acts on May 7.

Meanwhile, on May 6, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, said of the bill that the legalization of "illegality is a huge sin" and it will be rejected by believers, as it includes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" on the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

The legislation was adopted by lawmakers on May 2.

Adoption of the antidiscrimination law is one of the requirements that Georgia has undertaken under its Visa Liberalization Action Plan in order to be granted short-term visa-free regime by the European Union.
 
With reporting by civil.ge

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