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Romania Steps Closer to EU after Article 200 Eliminated

The Washington Blade, February 15, 2002

ROMANIA—All legal provisions that have helped to discriminate against gay and lesbian relationships in Romania have now been eliminated, according to the International Lesbian & Gay Association, an international coalition of gay and lesbian organizations. The repeal of Article 200 of the Romanian penal code is a "major and historic step towards the complete elimination of all laws criminalizing same-sex relationships in Europe," a press release from ILGA stated. Article 200 regulated a number of measures including age of consent, the definition of a public place, and provisions relating to same-sex acts, all of which gay organizations deemed discriminatory against gays and lesbians. The elimination of Article 200 is the culmination of a 10-year campaign led for the most part by Romanias national gay organization ACCEPT. Besides the campaigning of ACCEPT, pressure from the European Union was a major contributor to the repeal. Romanias repeal of Article 200 is a major step toward its membership in the EU.

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