Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

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.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($14,637 to go):
$35,000.00 $20,362.73
42% 58%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War 20 hours ago
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19
Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ September 18
From simple husband to ascetical priest September 18
St. Augustine's warning to pastors September 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18