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European Parliament: “All EU states recognize LGBT unions”

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STRASBOURG. The European Parliament has voted a resolution calling on all EU states to remove the obstacles that LGBTIQ people face in exercising their fundamental rights. The plenary assembly of the European Parliament with 387 votes in favor, 161 against and 123 abstentions gave the green light to the text.

The resolution states that “marriages or registered partnerships formalized in one Member State should be recognized in all EU countries in a uniform manner and that same-sex spouses and partners should be treated in the same way as their opposite-sex counterparts” .

Furthermore, all EU countries are urged to recognize adults mentioned on a child’s birth certificate as legal parents. “Families made up of same-sex parents must have the same right to family reunification as opposite-sex couples and their families. And, to ensure that children do not become stateless when their families move between Member States, families should be treated equally across the EU, ‘it reads.

This resolution comes following the ruling of the European Court of Justice “Coman & Hamilton”, which determined that the “spouse” provisions in the Free Movement Directive also apply to same-sex couples.

MEPs also stressed that the discrimination faced by LGBTIQ communities in Poland and Hungary is not acceptable and called for further actions such as infringement procedures, judicial measures and budgetary instruments against these two countries.

The EU Parliament comes to this decision after declaring the European Union an “LGBTIQ zone of freedom” in March 2021.

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