Romanian Court Rules in Favor of LGBT Rights

If you recall, I've written about the Romanian government potentially criminalizing same-sex marriage permanently in my article "Romanian Referendum May Permanently Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage" in which the government announced that there will be a referendum on October 6 to discuss a potential change in the constitutional definition of marriage to be between one man and one woman. While that hasn't happened yet, according to Balkan Insight, Romania's Constitutional Court declared that gay couples deserve the same rights as straight couples. 

This decision was made because the Constitutional Court found that same-sex couples should receive the right granted by Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU which states that ""everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications", Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which claims that everyone is granted "respect for one's private and family life, his home and his correspondence," and Article 26 of the Romanian constitution, which states that "the public authorities shall respect and protect the intimate, family and private life."

The coalition that is against same-sex marriage feels that they are being ignored when they urge people to vote for the referendum on October 6th and that by people ignoring and blocking they're request, the opponents of the Coalition are acting against democracy. Pro-LGBT Roamnanians, however, see that the referendum is ultimately pointless as gay couples are awarded equal rights under three different official documents.

As an American, I have no say or sway in how Romanians may vote on October 6th, but it is my hope that they will vote against changing the definition of marriage to fit certain Romanians' heteronormative world view, and, judging by the ruling that gay couples deserve the same rights as straight couples, there may be a chance that the votes will be in favor of LGBT rights. 


h/t: Balkan Insight, Agency for Fundamental Rights, New World Encyclopedia, Chamber o fDeputies

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