Strasbourg paves way for gay marriage

Published on 3 March 2010 at 13:29
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, 3 March 2010


An unprecedented European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling may pave the way for legalising homosexual marriages in Poland, headlines Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. The Strasbourg court has ruled in favour of a Szczecin resident who for ten years fought for the right to rent the council flat he had shared with his now deceased partner. Polish courts decided that the law does not recognise same-sex partnerships and that heredity only refers to heterosexual couples. The ECHR rejected the judges’ claims about the necessity to defend the “traditional family”, and ruled that different treatment of homosexuals and heterosexuals was unfounded. It is "the first verdict which openly talks about discriminating against homosexuality in Poland,” says the Warsaw daily, which notes that Polish law fails even to mention homosexual rights. Meanwhile, Corriere della Sera reports that the Italian government was pleased to learn that the ECHR has granted Italy’s appeal against the 2009 ruling which bans crucifixes in state-run schools.

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