Polls show that public opinion in many European countries is increasingly in favour of recognising the rights of same-sex couples -- much more so than politicians sometimes seem to believe. In , joyful crowds waved rainbow flags at Dublin Castle in Ireland to celebrate the dramatic victory of the yes-vote for same-sex marriage. Draft legislation on registered same-sex partnerships is currently under discussion in San Marino and Monaco. My opinion is that genuine commitment to full equality would at least require states to seriously consider opening up civil marriage to same-sex couples. There is a growing consensus that a government may not discriminate against same-sex couples and exclude them from the protections attendant to a formally-recognised different-sex union.
The 20 member states of the Council of Europe that still do not provide any legal recognition to same-sex couples should enact legislation to create -- at the very least-- registered partnerships that ensure that privileges, obligations or benefits available to married or registered different-sex partners are equally available to same-sex partners. Lawmakers will consider re-drafting an earlier law from , which explicitly excluded same-sex couples from civil unions. The recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights the Court or ECtHR gives solid ground for recognising the existing needs of stable same-sex couples, who must be able to enjoy the same rights as stable different-sex couples. In December , a same-sex marriage referendum in Slovenia failed. The children of same-sex couples may be left without the care of the person whom they have always known as a parent. This requires several measures: All states should ensure that legislation exists to provide registered same-sex couples with the same rights and benefits as married or registered different-sex couples, for example in the areas of social security, taxes, employment and pension benefits, freedom of movement, family reunification, parental rights and inheritance. The governing coalition in Greece made up of the left-wing Syriza party and the nationalist Independent Greeks ANEL party presently holds majority in Greece's seat parliament. Emotions often run high around this issue. Today, 47 countries in the world, 27 of which are in the Council of Europe, provide some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. The law punishes sexual activity between persons of the same sex. This has been a bottom-up development and not something imposed by regional organisations and courts. It was for states parties to the ECHR to decide how to regulate access to marriage. One is to ensure that the rights available to same-sex and to different-sex couples are truly equal. Diminuer la taille du texte Augmenter la taille du texte Imprimer la page Imprimer en PDF There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. Detainees are searched only by persons of the same sex. Granting rights and benefits to same-sex couples does not take anything away from different-sex couples who already have access to them. The search is carried out by at least two officers of the same sex as the prisoner. Intrusive searches shall be conducted in private and by trained staff of the same sex as the visitor. British men and women flirt online with members of the same sex. Draft legislation on registered same-sex partnerships is currently under discussion in San Marino and Monaco. Polls show that public opinion in many European countries is increasingly in favour of recognising the rights of same-sex couples -- much more so than politicians sometimes seem to believe. In other countries, two persons of the same sex can legally marry each other. In , joyful crowds waved rainbow flags at Dublin Castle in Ireland to celebrate the dramatic victory of the yes-vote for same-sex marriage. Some of the states which have done so, however, such as Croatia and Hungary, provide registered partnerships for same-sex couples. Lobbying by the powerful Greek Orthodox Church also played an instrumental role in excluding same-sex couples from the civil union bill which modernized family law in Greece and aligned national law with EU rules.
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