LGBTnews.am continues the interview series with the MPs discussing the LGBTI rights, and this time we interviewed secretary of “Armenian National Congress” faction. However, he was reluctant to answer most questions.
-Mr. Manukyan, do you see the necessity of adopting anti-discrimination legislation in Armenia?
-I am a member of liberal party and I reject all types of discrimination.
-An anti-discrimination bill is being developed in Armenia. Do you think there is need to have a clause about discrimination against LGBTI persons there?
-That’s a very difficult question. You should adopt the law respecting international commitments and conventions but, most importantly, preserve your national character. That is to say, it consists of two components; tradition, family, national character and international commitments. If you combine those two components I think that will be a normal solution.
-For instance, do you think that normal solution should include LGBTI people’s right to marry each other?
– I have already answered to that question.
-My previous question wasn’t about that. Now I am asking if LGBTI persons should have right to get married to each other or not.
-I just answered to that question.
-You are an MP in the Parliament. Are you ready to protect the rights of LGBTI persons? How would you vote?
-I answered to the question.