Parliament adopted the law on anti-discrimination with 52 votes in favor out of 120 seats.
According to the ruling majority, the law is in line with European and democratic values. But, the opposition objected to the clauses that redefine marriage and the family and can affect amending the school curriculum to represent far left points of view.
Labour Minister Mila Carovska said that the law will enable an efficient mechanism of enforcement of anti-discrimination law. Macedonia has, so far, adopted a more relaxed approach, and shied away from the potential high cost of enforcement of such laws.
Grounds on which citizens can claim they are being discriminated include race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, language and a number of other grounds.