European Court: Same-Sex Couples Have a Right to Legal Recognition

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Human Rights, which hears human rights cases involving its 47 member countries, has ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights provides a right to the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

In the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy, the judges ruled in favor of three same-sex couples who had brought the case against the Italian government, unanimously agreeing that Italy, in failing to make available “a specific legal framework...

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