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European court condemns Romania for gay couples' rights

Homosexuality was decriminalised only in 2001

23 May, 18:57
(ANSA-AFP) - STRASBOURG, MAY 23 - Europe's top court on Tuesday ruled that Romania is violating the rights of same-sex couples by refusing to legally recognise their unions, dealing a further blow to the socially conservative country. In Romania, an EU member since 2007, homosexuality was decriminalised only in 2001, but the country still bars marriage and civil partnerships for same-sex couples. In recent years, the Eastern European country has made several attempts to restrict LGBTQ rights, including trying to axe gender identity studies at universities and schools. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday ruled -- by five votes to two -- that Romania is in violation of Article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for the right to respect for private and family life. (ANSA-AFP).

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