Bulgaria Recognized A Gay Marriage

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A great precedent has been set in the country of Bulgaria.

According to the Associated Press, a court in Bulgaria has ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who married in France. This is thus the first time that a Bulgarian court has recognized gay marriage within the country.

French citizen Mariama Dialo married now-wife Kristina Palma, or Australia, in 2016. The couple then moved to Bulgaria and were initially given the right to live and work there on the grounds that Palma was married to a European Union citizen. But then the government realized that the couple consisted of two women and revoked those rights on the grounds that same-sex marriage is not legal in the country.

After a two-year court battle, the couple ended up winning the rights back. A court decided this Wednesday that they would recognize and respect the marriage between Dialo and Palma.

According to AP, the lawyer for the gay couple, Denitsa Lyubenova, stated that the ruling is the first important step in legalizing same-sex marriage in the conservative European country.

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