A European human rights court has ruled that the legality of same-sex unions should be left up to individual European countries since there is no Europe-wide consensus on whether or not equal marriage recognition for everyone is a fundamental right.
The case was brought forward by an Austrian gay couple who are being denied the right to marry in their home country.
Six EU states have full equal marriage rights for all citizens, and ten more have state recognition of gay partnerships, without full marriage equality. The other eleven states don’t allow any kind of same-sex unions.
Justice is slow, but at least the majority of European countries have at least some kind of recognition of gay rights; keep fighting for your human rights and the rest will follow.
- European human rights court rejects gay marriage bid [BBC News]
- Court rules no right to gay marriage in Europe [Toronto SUN]