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EU chief defends Justice nominee nixed by review panel after saying homosexuality sin

[JURIST] The President-designate of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, has defended his nominated team of incoming commissioners after an EU parliamentary review panel Monday took the unusual step of rejecting Justice portfolio nominee Rocco Buttiglione, a Roman Catholic who told the panel in testimony last week that he believed homosexuality was a sin (see yesterday's report in JURIST's Paper Chase). The panel's rejection of Buttiglione is not binding, but President-designate Barraso insisted on his confidence in his entire team of 25, and said he would await the views of the full EU parliament when it meets on October 21. BBC News has more.

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