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Not the total truth looking at too many states where LGBT rights are still denied ... Eastern European states and Russian mentality or moral values.

Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 12:11:43 PM EST
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This comment and the other about NI prompted me to step back for a long view.

The situation in NI is miserable of course, and judgment in X (2017) seemed to reinforce the intractability of ECHR deference to member-state sovereignty. (The ECHR Unanimously Confirms the Non-Existence of a Right to Gay Marriage, 2016, with the spirit of the double-edged sword known in the US as the 10th amendment.)

BUT the game is afoot to by-pass conservative opposition to civil liberty entrenched in legislatures. Ironically, a vanguard emerges from the EC wielding "freedom of movement." Let's recall the ECJ judgement in Coman (2018) narrowly reversed its own position. Finding in favor of a third-country petitioner seeking same-sex "marriage" permit in Romania, the court liberated definitions of "spouse" and "family" to allow the EC to prosecute discriminatory treatment of "gendered" persons in the inter-state, or international, venue of EURLEX. Lithuania's constitutional court fell in line (ECJ ruling on same-sex marriage begins to have repercussions across emerging Europe, 2019). Estonia (Estonian court: Right to protection of family life also to same-sex couples, 2019) and Bulgaria (Bulgaria Court Recognizes Gay Marriage in Landmark Case, 2019) courts also voluntarily responded. I for one am encouraged by this show of judicial "activism."

Though mores in former communist or Central Europe are in the spot light, comparative analysis in "More and more together: Legal family formats for same-sex and different-sex couples in European countries" (2017)  shows that legal defense and enforcement of LGBT civil rights is pretty weak across EU28/EEA. Let's be honest: Realizing a uniform standard of "human rights" in Europe isn't another Cold War front. EU gov's ground campaign to reinforce the sentiment and electoral prerogatives of the "76%" is a good thing though.

EPRS Briefing | The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union, May 2019

Combating discrimination has become part of EU internal and external policies, and the subject of numerous resolutions of the European Parliament. However, action in this area remains problematic when  it touches on issues pertaining to areas traditionally reserved to Member States, such as  marital status and family law.
Finland's Presidency + EC | Advancing LGBTI Equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond, 23 Sep 2019


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 07:53:39 AM EST
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Northern Ireland set to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage
"Monday was the last chance for opponents of change to restore Stormont and avert the legislation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:31:03 PM EST
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Decriminalisation of abortion in North leads to confusion, not really
Abortion was decriminalised from midnight on Monday in Northern Ireland despite a last-ditch attempt by unionist Assembly members to override Westminster legislation.
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The Northern Assembly met for the first time in more than 1,000 days on Monday to consider a DUP Private Members' Bill that would have put any change in the law in the hands of the Assembly rather than Westminster.

Acting speaker Robin Newton ruled that the motion could not proceed without a new speaker first being elected. This would have required a cross-community vote but because of a Sinn Féin boycott and an SDLP walk-out this could not be achieved and the Assembly had to be adjourned.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 08:24:55 AM EST
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Protest calls for equal rights for same-sex parents
"They say the fact that only one parent in LGBTQ+ families can put their name on a child's birth cert leaves parents and children without adequate legal protection."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 10:19:40 PM EST
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(merits duplication in any PUBLIC PROPERTY subthread)
'I am a legal stranger, you have as much rights over my son as I do' - children 'left out' in birth cert reform
"Health Minister Simon Harris signed the commencement order for sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act which clarify the legal parentage of children who are conceived by a donor."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 05:43:23 PM EST
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