Since the conservative Law and Justice Party came to power in Poland, hostility toward homosexuals has been growing. Same-sex couples face discrimination. They may not marry in Poland, so many go abroad to tie the knot.
Austria's top court has ruled that current laws are discriminatory and must be lifted by 2019. Same-sex couples have so far only been afforded "registered partnerships."
Europe's human rights court has ruled that an Austrian heterosexual couple can't opt for a "lighter" civil partnership. Unlike gay couples, they don't face discrimination, the court ruled.
A new gender identity law will likely improve the lives of transgender people in Greece. But before it was passed, Greek Orthodox clergymen railed against the bill, even threatening to excommunicate transgender people.
A new centralized agency will be responsible for funding Poland's NGOs. Critics worry it is an effort by the ruling nationalist conservatives to rein in civil society.
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