Mindanao Times

Switzerlan­d divided over new law against homophobia


FOR GAY rights campaigner Jean-Pierre Sigrist, the new law being voted on in a referendum in Switzerlan­d on Sunday might have stopped him getting beaten up four decades ago.

“And maybe I would not have been laughed at when I went to the police,” said the 71-year-old, who believes the law will be “an added safeguard against homophobia”.

The new law would widen existing legislatio­n against discrimina­tion or incitement to hatred on ethnic or religious grounds to include sexual orientatio­n.

The change was passed by the Swiss parliament in 2018.

But the populist rightwing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and the Federal Democratic Union of Switzerlan­d (EDU), a small party based on Christian values, are opposed.

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