Brown pushes for gay rights in Europe

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday he was pushing for gay civil partnerships in Britain to be recognised across the EU, especially in eastern Europe.

Brown told gay magazine Attitude that Britain was negotiating deals with France and Spain but wanted to extend recognition for civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples to eastern Europe.

“I’m fighting to get all the countries in Europe to recognise civil partnerships carried out in Britain,” Brown told the January edition of the magazine, published on Wednesday.

“We want countries where that hasn’t been the case - especially in eastern Europe - to recognise them.”

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