European court: No obligation for nations to legalize same-sex marriage
Catholic World News - June 30, 2010
In a unanimous decision, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union “did not impose an obligation on the Austrian Government to grant a same-sex couple … access to marriage” and that the “decision whether or not to allow same-sex marriage [is left] to regulation by member States’ national law.” Austria has legalized homosexual civil unions but does not permit homosexual marriage; two Austrian men had filed suit, claiming they were victims of discrimination.
The Court, however, also concluded in its June 24 decision that “the relationship of the applicants, a cohabiting same-sex couple living in a stable partnership, fell within the notion of ‘family life,’ just as the relationship of a different-sex couple in the same situation would.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our April expenses ($19,134 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!