A Matter of Interpretation: Armenian Parliament removes “gender” from new law under pressure from Church, traditionalists

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A Matter of Interpretation: Armenian Parliament removes “gender” from new law under pressure from Church, traditionalists

Use of the terms “gender” and “gender equality” in Armenia’s new law equal rights stirred major discontent among those believing that the ambiguity of the words set a legal ground for gradual destruction of Armenian families. Pressured by public criticism and the concerns expressed by the Armenian Apostolic Church, the government has replaced “gender” by “equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women”. 

Christians against People’s Numbering union leader Khachik Stamboltsyan interprets the notion of gender as implying “socially consolidated acquired behavior”, meaning “a man that feels like a woman”.

We invite you to read the full article published September 4, 2013

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