European Parliament Members Demand Recognition of Same-Sex Unions

September 22, 2021
The European Parliament in Strasbourg

In a press release dated September 14, 2021, the European Parliament demanded that all European Union (EU) countries recognize same-sex partnerships formalized in other member states in order to guarantee the rights of LGTBI individuals and their families, especially freedom of movement and family reunification.

By a resolution adopted by 387 votes in favor, 161 against, and 123 abstentions, the deputies consider that there have been “setbacks” in the protection of the rights obtained by LGTBIQ people in recent years and denounce “the hostile rhetoric of elected officials and waves of homophobic and transphobic violence.”

The resolution stresses the need for marriages or civil unions formalized in one member state to be recognized in other EU countries so that spouses enjoy the same treatment as heterosexual couples.

In this regard, the MEPs recall that the EU Court of Justice ruled in 2018 that the word “spouse” as it appears in the directive on free movement also applies to same-sex couples and ask that measures be taken against Romania for not having complied with this judgment.

In addition, they urge all member states to recognize, for legal purposes, adults whose name appears on a birth certificate issued in another member state as the legal parents of a child, regardless of the legal sex or civil status, in order to avoid making children stateless when they move to another EU country.

Thus, the LGBT lobby wants to force sovereign states to adopt the policy of a neighboring state in a matter where their freedom is complete. This is indeed a totalitarianism of thought which cannot allow any divergence from the dominant ideology.

The LGTBI collective denounces the fact that “rainbow” families are often discriminated against when they travel in the EU, whether for tourism or to move, because they find that the rights recognized by the member state where they legalized their union are then ignored in other EU countries.

The MEPs are particularly concerned about the situation in countries such as Poland and Hungary, which have already been prosecuted by the European Commission for having designated LGTBIQ “free zones” or for having passed legislation to prevent the moral corruption of minors, against the views of a majority of the European Parliament.

The MEPs are calling on Brussels to keep up the pressure and use all the instruments at its disposal against Hungary and Poland, not only through infringement procedures but also through provisional measures or the freezing of funds.

The resolution has, for the moment, only political value. It is not legally binding.